The Supreme Court has ruled that the issue and trial fees in the Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal are unlawful.
Claimant's (usually employees) faced fees of anywhere up to £1200 to bring a claim against their employer. Those fees have now been abolished.
This is good news for employees who feel aggrieved by a situation with their employers such as an act of discrimination or unfair dismissal, who may have been less likely to bring a claim due to the fees involved.
It also should highlight to employers the importance of having procedures in place to deal with their employees fairly to limit the risk of employees bringing claims against them, as they will now be more inclined to do so.
We can help employees who may wish to consider bringing a claim against their employer to an Employment Tribunal. We would stress that there are strict time limits for bringing claims to the Employment Tribunal, usually 3 months minus one day from your last day of employment.
We can assist Employers in reviewing their contracts and procedures, providing them with new written contracts and/or procedures, advising them on the implementation of procedures and indeed defending them should an Employment Tribunal claim be brought against them.
We also can help with settlement agreements should an issue wish to be resolved in this way. Whether that is advising the employee on the contents of one and having this approved for them, or indeed drafting the agreement for employers.
Finally, we offer a mediation service which is another useful way of attempting to resolve any work related issues before they escalate into a potential claim.
Should you require our assistance or would like any further details in relation to any of our Employment Law services please call 01803 299131 and ask to speak to Stephanie.
As a firm we also offer advice in many areas of law and should you require any of our services please call us on 01803 299131 where reception will be happy to direct your call to the appropriate department.