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Unison vs. Tribunal Fees

Harries Human Resources reported in our blog dated 10 June 2013 “Tribunal Fees Confirmed” about the changes in full swing for the employment tribunal services.
On and after 29 July 2013 the tribunal service has implemented their charging structure for anyone wishing to make a claim based on a two level fee platform.

However, trade union UNISON has launched a legal challenge against the fee introduction.  This judicial review, if granted could revoke the new fee charges. The union has been granted permission from the Royal Courts for a review hearing in October 2013.

It is the general feeling that the government cannot and should not put a cost on justice and as such the fees are not fair or just and should be dropped.
The two arguing points put forward by UNISON are:-

1.The fees discriminate indirectly against women who earn less than men (typically).
2.It is not lawful to introduce fees which create difficulty in enforcing European Union law.

Though an injunction to delay the introduction of the fees were denied and the fees are now in effect, the full outcome of this challenge will not be known until the full hearing in October 2013.

It is anticipated that if the judicial review is successful the Tribunals may have to repay all fees paid to them in the interim.

Keep visiting our blog as the details of this unfolds!

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