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20 June 2016

Ministers urged to reduce tribunal fees

Employees are being priced out of industrial tribunals, a group of MPs fear.

Members of the Commons Justice Committee say that the amount of cases being heard has plunged by nearly 70% since the launch of new fees three years ago.

They want ministers to reduce these charges, which were introduced to deter "vexatious" claims.  The committee says it is not yet clear whether this has happened.

But it does say that it appears obvious that the fees are putting off potential claimants from taking a case to tribunal.  The committee says the fees act as a deterrent for bosses to resolve rows early.

It concludes that fees for employment tribunals are having a substantial off-putting impact when it comes to accessing justice. The committee is calling for the fees to be significantly slashed.

It also wants women who allege pregnancy or maternity discrimination to be given special consideration.

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