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REC statement on Supreme Court ruling that employment tribunal fees unlawful

The UK Supreme Court ruled today that the fees for employment tribunals introduced by the government in 2013 are unlawful. Commenting, REC chief executive Kevin Green says:

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“Fair treatment at work and equal access to justice is the foundation of a modern, successful labour market. 

“The government needs to think again about its management of the tribunal system. As we predicted at the time, the imposition of these fees deterred too many people from seeking redress against bad corporate behaviour. However, Ministers must keep in mind that the system wasn’t perfect before and that significant backlogs of cases and too many vexatious claims caused unjust delays for legitimate complainants. They need to strike a balance where workers’ rights are protected and compliant businesses are not burdened by having to address spurious cases.”