Posted by Richard Woodman, Partner
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Employment Tribunal statistics continue to show a decrease in claims
The Government’s quarterly Employment Tribunal statistics for the period from January to March 2014 have now been released and have shown a drop in single claims of 59% compared to the same period last year. This continues the downward trend in claims and follows a 79% drop in single claims for the period October to December last year. It is thought that this trend is almost certainly linked to the introduction of fees last July.
Interestingly though, only 5% of all Employment Tribunal claims issued during the period from July to December 2013 qualified for a fee remission suggesting that fee remission is not an option for the vast majority of claimants.
The drop in claims is welcome news for employers and marks a time of far fewer vexatious and ‘nuisance’ claims. The other side of the argument, however, is that the fees (or the level of the fees) deny access to justice for many workers with legitimate claims and are a breach of EU law. On this point, many will be following UNISON’s judicial review challenge to fees with interest.
UNISON was recently granted permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal and this is due to be heard between September and December this year. UNISON will be asking the Court of Appeal to consider the ET statistics which were not available when the case was first heard by the High Court and which will inevitably add weight to their case. When UNISON lost in the High Court the observation was made by the Judge that, if further information came to light regarding the ET statistics at a later date, the matter might well benefit from being revisited. Well, now it is.
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