Employment Tribunal fees – new UNISON judicial review hearing set for 21 & 22 October

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UNISON’s judicial review challenge to Employment Tribunal fees was heard by the Court of Appeal in September. The Court of Appeal decided to stay the appeal proceedings on the basis that, given the new evidence showing a huge drop in claims (in the form of official Employment Tribunal Statistics) it was appropriate for UNISON to issue a new judicial review claim in the High Court citing this evidence and to be heard as soon as possible.

The new judicial review is set to be heard by the High Court on 21 and 22 October 2014.

The latest Employment Tribunal statistics for the period April to June 2014 show that there were 70% fewer claims issued in that period than in the same period last year.

In the meantime, the Labour Party has announced that, if elected, it would abolish the current fees regime and replace it with an appropriate alternative.

And so the saga continues. Overall, employers have been experiencing a welcome decline in Tribunal claims as a result of fees but the question of whether fees are here to stay now hangs in the balance.