The Ministry of Justice has published its long-awaited post-implementation review of the introduction of fees in the employment tribunals and the EAT.
The review concludes that the fees regime is working well and is meeting the original objectives for the introduction of fees, namely the financial, behavioural and access to justice objectives. Although the review accepts that the fees regime may have discouraged many individuals from bringing employment tribunal claims, it does not believe that individuals have been prevented from bringing employment tribunal claims.
However, the Ministry of Justice concedes that the substantial reduction in claims since the fees regime was introduced means that some action is necessary. It has decided that certain claims under the national insurance fund will be exempt for fees with immediate effect. It will also consult on proposals to widen access to the Help with fees remission scheme. The consultation closes on 14 March 2017.