Workers with Savings may be Forced to Pay Tribunal Fees

The TUC has expressed outrage at new proposals which will force workers who have more than £3000 in savings to pay the full costs of their own employment tribunals, without receiving the money back in remission fees. With elderly people more likely to have money in savings, the proposals are likely to penalise older people.

Whereas previously individuals could receive tribunal fees back, they will now have to pay up to a total of £1200 to take their case to a tribunal, regardless of their personal income level or how much they receive in state benefits. The proposal will come into force in October.
The TUC estimate that this effect nearly half of all UK households, and warn that the new proposal will adversely affect low-paid workers who may choose not to pursue genuine cases where their employers have behaved unlawfully, in order not to lose their savings. This might benefit unscrupulous employers who break the law.
TUC General Secretary Frances O'Grady commented that she felt the plans would “seriously limit access to justice” for those who had hard-earned savings in the bank. She called it “yet another attack on people's rights at work”.


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