Tribunal Fees Abolished – What Employers Need to Know

11th August 2017

Considering the latest changes to legislation, Mandy Fitzmaurice the Managing Director of Purple HR discusses Employment Tribunals and how to avoid them.

In recent news, our Supreme Court has ruled that Employment Tribunal fees are unlawful and that the government will now have to repay millions to previous claimants. Whilst we can all celebrate a move aimed at giving individuals greater access to justice, there will also be concerned employers out there who will want to know what this means for their organisation. Thankfully, I’m ready to share some of my HR expertise and put your mind at ease.

What is an Employment Tribunal?

As an employer, your staff members may make a claim to an Employment Tribunal if they think that you have treated them unlawfully.

Unlawful treatment includes:

  • Unfair dismissal
  • Discrimination
  • Unfair deductions from your pay

Should I Be Worried?

Many employers will be wondering if the abolishment of employment Tribunal Fees, will lead to an increase in the number of staff who make claims. An increase, could potentially lead to severe damages to your reputation and result in unsustainable court costs for your business.

From my experience, however, there are simple management steps which you can take to mitigate the risks posed by Employment Tribunals.

Follow the Correct Procedures

To avoid a HR disaster, you must be able to show that you have followed the correct procedures and handled any employee grievances appropriately. If an issue arises, such as a claim of unfair dismissal, investigate it immediately, act consistently and give your former employee evidence that supports your decision.  You should also have a clear and concise staff handbook, detailing terms of employment, to refer to.

It’s also incredibly important to make notes and keep a record of any conversations both digitally and on paper. By properly recording grievances, you should have sufficient evidence to protect yourself and your company in court.

Speak to the Experts

To fully ensure your compliance with statutory procedure, it’s always best to speak to the experts. Right now, you have an excellent opportunity to review the way you deal with grievances internally. We’re currently welcoming all our clients to get in touch so we can look at ways to lower the financial risk your business may face in regards to Employment Tribunals.

For more information and advice about employment law visit:  www.purplehr.co.uk

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