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TUC urges last gasp intervention on tribunal fees

The TUC has called on MPs to make a last-ditch effort to halt plans for employment tribunal fees, warning that if the fees go ahead many of the UK’s lowest paid workers will be priced out of justice.

While the government’s plans for tribunals include a ‘remission scheme’ which will make some of the lowest paid exempt from the proposed costs, the TUC believes that a substantial proportion of workers who are on the minimum wage will still be required to pay fees of up to £345 to take a case to an employment tribunal.

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Employment Tribunal reforms announced

The Government has announced new measures to simplify the Employment Tribunal process.

According to Government figures, there were 186,300 Employment Tribunals cases between April 2011 and March 2012. It is estimated that employers face average costs of £3,900 and each case costs the tax payer £1,900. The proposals could save the tax payer £0.42 million and businesses £0.28 million.

In November 2011 the Government commissioned Mr Justice Underhill, former President of the Employment Appeal Tribunal to lead a fundamental review of the rules of procedure for employment tribunals.

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Rise in demand for early intervention in workplace disputes

More employers and employees are accessing help earlier to avoid employment tribunals according to figures released by workplace experts Acas.

The latest annual report figures highlight that demand for Acas’ early dispute resolution service, Pre-Claim Conciliation (PCC), rose by a third (34%) in 2011/12 meaning that Acas dealt with 23,777 cases, 6000 more cases than the previous year. This has resulted in thousands of people avoiding the need to go to an employment tribunal.

Pre-Claim Conciliation was launched in April 2009 and aims to resolve workplace problems before they result in a costly and stressful employment tribunal claim.

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Trends 2012: Employment tribunals

A version of this article first appeared in HR Zone (www.hrzone.co.uk) on
9 January 2012.

After being “positively outraged” at the way in which the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust behaved, an employment tribunal awarded compensation of £4.5 million in December to Polish-born consultant Dr Eva Michalak. The record breaking award was ordered after Dr Michalak was found to be the victim of prolonged sex and race discrimination at the hands of her colleagues, who mounted a “concerted campaign” to bring her employment to an end because of her ethnic origins and because she took maternity leave.

The campaign started with secret meetings (even before Dr Michalak went on maternity leave), which included references to her Polish background and connected issues of competency.  On returning from maternity leave, Dr Michalak made a request for equal pay which was refused.  Following her subsequent allegation of sex discrimination, Dr Michalak’s colleagues started to make complaints about her which were based on “deliberate falsehoods” and led to her “lengthy and wholly unauthorised” suspension in January 2006.  The related disciplinary proceedings did not take place until over a year later in May 2007, which finally resulted in her dismissal in July 2008. More…

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