Unison have lost their latest bid at the High Court to overturn Employment Tribunal Fees.This of course good news for employers who have significantly less fear of groundless or vexatious claims but bad news for employees in genuinely difficult employment situations who may be unable to afford to bring their claim. Unison argue that the fees most directly adversely impact on women, low paid workers and disabled or ethnic minority employees. They argue it denies access to justice.
Figures show that 66% fewer claims have been lodged in the most recent quarterly figures compared to the period prior to the introduction of fees.
Further appeals will no doubt be lodged and it is likely we imagine a further review may take place before any decisions are made. But for the time being fees remain in place.