The Impact of Employment Tribunal Fees

Just prior to losing his seat as an MP and his position as Business Secretary, Vince Cable, announced the findings of a review that he commissioned into the impact of employment tribunal fees. In summary: –

  • The total number of employment tribunal dropped by almost 70%.  (From 340,000 in the first quarter of 2013-2014, to just over 110,000 in the third quarter of 2014-2015).
  • Sex discrimination claims were down by 82%.
  • Equal pay cases were down by 72%.

In an interview with the Independent he said “here is enough evidence to suggest that this was a very bad move and should be reversed,” he said. “It is highly suggestive that the fees are discouraging people – particularly low paid women—from pursuing their rights.”

Given the results of the General Election. The fees will be staying and will not be reversed for at least the next five years.

Mr Cable also warned that a right-wing government – perhaps a Tory-led one backed by Ukip—would revive proposals like “fire at will” within months. “They have an unfinished agenda,” he said.

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