The government has finally published its report on Employment Tribunal fees. Many employment law solicitors and advisers believe it is disappointing in its terms.
Despite the massive drop in Tribunal claims that (60%-70%) they government states that the objectives of the system have been met. They go on to say that, although the Tribunal fees have discouraged people from bringing claims, there is lack of evidence that they have actually been prevented from doing so. You will remember that this is a similar line of thinking to the court recently when they considered the legal challenge.
The government did express some concerns, however. There will be an extension of the categories of people who do not have to pay fees at all, and all those seeking to recover from the National Insurance Fund (usually where there is an insolvency) will not have to pay fees with immediate effect.
There will be a further consultation, and this will close on 14 March 2017.