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Employment Tribunal Applications reach highest level since 2013
09/04/2018
Employment Tribunal Applications reach highest level since 2013

Employment Tribunal Applications reach highest level since 2013 when fees were introduced.
 

In its latest report, the Ministry of Justice announced that the number of single applications to the Employment Tribunal for the period October to December 2017 was 8,173. In the same period in 2016 there were 4,200 claims meaning that there has been a 90% increase in the number of claims submitted.
 

In 2013, the UK Government imposed fees on applicants who wished to take their employment grievance to an employment tribunal. This was contested by Unison until eventually, in July 2017, the UK Supreme Court decided that application fees that applicants had to pay to take their case to an employment tribunal was unfair and unlawful. Giving reasons for its Judgement, it said: "The Fees Order is unlawful under both domestic and EU law because it has the effect of preventing access to justice. Since it had that effect as soon as it was made, it was therefore unlawful and must be quashed". You can view our report on the Judgement on our website by clicking here.
 

There was also an enormous increase in the number of multiple claims with the announcement that in the same period (October – December 2017) there were 31,912 multiple claims lodged – an increase of 467% on the same period in 2016.
 

It is very clear that the imposition of fees in 2013 had a very significant impact on the number of applications to employment tribunals. Now that they have been abolished, we’re not seeing applications getting back to the levels last seen before fees were introduced.
 

If you have a problem at work and would like advice on how it can be resolved, please get in touch with us. Alison Forsyth is an employment law specialist and can be contacted on 01786 463 414 or you can email her at alison.forsyth@kerrstirling.co.uk.