One year ago the Supreme Court unanimously ruled that tribunal fees were unlawful and needed to be abolished so what’s changed:
Case numbers have risen…
Perhaps unsurprisingly latest figures revealed of single claims received in the first quarter of 2018 increased to 9,252, up 118 per cent compared with the year before. The removal of the financial barrier that had prevented so many from making a claim was no longer there and the public no longer had anything to lose. However, to put it into perspective claims have not reached the same levels as seen in 2013 before charges were introduced.
… it’s taking longer for them to be heard
There has been a 89 per cent year-on-year increase in caseloads outstanding and parties are having to wait longer until their case is dealt with because of the backlog.
People have started to get their money back
Shortly after the country’s top court handed down its judgment, the government announced it would be refunding fees to anybody who had paid them since their July 2013 introduction. Between the scheme launching last October and the end of this March, £6.6m in total has been refunded in 7,733 claims, although 9,472 refund applications have been made.
So… it’s just reinforced the need to work and manage your employees within the contracts, policies and procedures you have in place. If you do not have them it leads to ambiguity or if you have them and do not work with them there is a greater chance of a claim.