After arguably one of the biggest employment law rulings this year, the Supreme Court has ruled that Employment Tribunal Fees are unlawful, that they prevent access to justice and have been abolished with immediate effect. You may now be wondering what this means for you?
Effectively it means it is easier for an employee to take a case to an employment tribunal if they feel they have been unfairly treated or they feel their employer has broken the law. Since the introduction of fees in 2013, the number of employment tribunals brought to court has dropped by almost 70%. The removal of fees is highly likely to now mean this number will rise.
With some of the most common errors made during a disciplinary process including; not following the ACAS Code of Practice, including new allegations without investigation, not warning the employee of possible consequences and not checking what penalties are allowed under the disciplinary policy there are many areas that can mean your employee may successfully win in a case against you even if in your eyes they have done something wrong. With the fees now removed to bring a case against an employer, it is much more likely that these cases will be taken to an employment tribunal and it is therefore essential you have done everything right first time.
“Protect your business from the potential risk of increased claims”
With collectively over 30 years’ experience of handling situations such as this, we at HR Revolution can support you to reduce this risk by giving advice to ensure you are following the correct processes and procedures and ensure you don’t breach any legislation as an employer. Disciplinary, grievance and redundancy situations are complex and need to be done right for both the employer and the employee. We can help simply by guiding you through the process to undertake yourself or run the process for you ensuring you avoid the pitfalls as well as any risk of a claim of unfair dismissal.
If you would like to talk to us about how we can help you in any employee relations situation whether you are at the start or mid-way through the process, please contact us at 0203 538 5311 or email firstname.lastname@example.org in confidence.