Predicted consequences of abolition of Employment Tribunal fees
Employment Tribunal fees were abolished in July 2017 following a Supreme Court Ruling that the fee regime prevented access to justice.
Acas has now published its statistics spanning the period April to September 2017. Unsurprisingly, since the Supreme Court ruling, there has been an unquestionable surge in the number of claims being processed.
Acas Early conciliation claims have increased by 23% and the submission of Employment Tribunal claim forms has increased by a staggering 59%.
With this in mind, it is now more important than ever for employers to be on their guard and ensure that all policies and procedures are up to date, enforced and legally compliant.