CIPD People Management have reported that MPs have made fresh calls to scrap employment tribunal fees as they argue that the regime has “undermined employee rights and encouraged rogue employers to flout the law”. Speaking at a Westminster Hall debate, MPs argued that the current cost of bringing a claim is “punitive and shuts thousands of workers out of accessing justice”. MP Justin Madders said that the system “not only prevents access to justice, but feeds the myth that employment rights are some sort of undesirable impediment to properly functioning businesses.” Debate speakers also questioned whether the fees regime weeds out mainly vexatious claims, pointing out that if this were the case then the success rate of employees bringing claims would have “gone through the roof”, but Ministry of Justice data shows that success rates have stayed broadly the same rather than increasing.
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