Find out where you stand following tribunal fees verdict

By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 5 Sep 2017

LEGAL and human resources experts will brief business leaders on the impact of a major employment tribunal court ruling at a free seminar later this month.

The Supreme Court has thrown out a law which meant workers had to pay up to £1,200 in fees to bring claims – a ruling that was brought in to stop speculative cases being lodged. It was introduced in 2013 and had seen a 70 per cent reduction in UK claims.

But, earlier this year, Unison won its appeal at the highest court in the land, which upheld the union claim that the Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunals Fees Order 2013 was unlawful.

In announcing the decision, Lord Reed emphasised how employment tribunal cases were important for society as a whole, not just the individuals involved and suggested that the fees charged were a barrier – preventing justice.

Northern Lincolnshire HR professionals now have the chance to understand what the likely repercussions of the ruling mean to them, as leading regional law firm Wilkin Chapman solicitors and Hays Human Resources host a free breakfast seminar.

Employment law specialists from Wilkin Chapman, Teresa Thomas and Katie Davies, will look at the current legal position, the impact of fees being removed, tribunal advice, compensation and whether past employees will be able to resurrect historic claims.

Partner and head of employment, Teresa Thomas, said: “This is an extremely significant ruling which has far reaching implications both for those who have lodged claims in the last four years, but possibly more importantly, for those who were prevented from doing so due to the cost. 

“Following the decision, it is quite possible that there is an argument to extend the time frame for bringing a claim, and that really does have very large implications both for the employees and the employers. The seminar will give HR professionals from local businesses a better understanding of the ruling, as well as the chance to raise their own questions with us.”

The free seminar takes place from 8am until 10am on Wednesday, September 27 at the firm’s Cartergate House head office in Chantry Lane.

Places are limited to two attendees per organisation. To book online click here: www.wilkinchapman.co.uk/events

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