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Employment tribunal fees now in operation 29/07/2013 New rules are now in force, requiring the payment of a fee when lodging a claim in an employment tribunal or to the Employment Appeal Tribunal

Employment tribunal fees now in operation

New rules came into force today (29th July) requiring the payment of a fee when lodging a claim in an employment tribunal or to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. A further fee will have to be paid if the case goes to a hearing.

The new rules will not apply to any claim that been lodged before 29th July.

The introduction of the fees has proved to be very controversial.

"What we are seeing today is injustice writ large as this worker-bashing government takes a sledgehammer to workers' rights - this is a throwback to Victorian times,” said Unite general secretary Len McCluskey. "Seeking redress for unfair dismissal and discrimination and other injustices in the workplace is a fundamental human right - but now ministers are putting up insurmountable financial hurdles for working people in pursuit of justice.”

Speaking to the BBC, the Confederation of British Industry was more welcoming.

"Fear of the costs of fighting a tribunal - even when you are in the right - is a massive confidence killer. With firms and employees waiting over a year for a tribunal at the moment, something has to be done to speed things up," it explained.
 

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