Unison challenge rejected by Court of Appeal

11 September 2015

Unison's challenge to the introduction of fees in employment tribunal cases has been rejected by the Court of Appeal.

Great news for employers, Unison's challenge to the introduction of fees in employment tribunal cases has been rejected by the Court of Appeal.

The union’s General Secretary has described the decision as “a huge disappointment and a major setback for people at work”. But it seems that the fight continues, with the Supreme Court now in sight.

This news comes not long after Acas released statistics showing the effect that early conciliation, too, is having on claims. The organisation says that it received notifications covering more than 100,000 disputes during the first year of the early conciliation regime. In the first eight months, 63 % of notifications did not progress to a tribunal claim. A further 15% were settled through Acas. And, while 22% did lead to a claim being issued, Acas conciliators have so far resolved more than half of those.

One thing is certain in all of this: tribunal hearing rooms are a lot quieter these days. But the debate continues around the reasons for this, and the pros and cons of fewer cases being brought.


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