Employment Tribunal claims fall
The Ministry of Justice has released statistics regarding the number of Employment Tribunal claims during the period October to December 2013.
In July 2013, the British Government introduced a fee regime which means that to issue an Employment Tribunal claim for unfair dismissal or discrimination, there is a fee of £250, followed by a hearing fee of £950. Those on low incomes or certain benefits are entitled to a fee exemption.
This time last year, the figures released revealed 45,240 claims received in the final quarter of 2012, and for 2013 it is 9,801 – a 79% reduction. More specifically, unfair dismissal claims are down by 65% and sex discrimination claims by 77%.