Reduce tribunal fees, quarter of employers say

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May 04, 2017
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Employers also said they recognised the benefit to workers of employment law, a survey found

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More than half of British businesses claim to be exceeding employment law requirements in the treatment of workers, a survey has found.

Many also wanted the recently imposed employment tribunal fee regime to be scrapped or significantly amended, according to the study jointly commissioned by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and the London law firm Lewis Silkin.

Employers said that they would not lobby for a “bonfire” of legislation in the wake of the country’s departure from the EU as existing legislation was viewed by most as necessary and efficient. Britain’s bosses claimed to recognise the positive impact of employment law on their staff, with nearly 70 per cent agreeing that it improved employees’ sense of fairness and trust in the employer. A similar percentage agreed that implementing employment law improved the quality of employees’ working lives.

About 20 per cent of the 500 businesses surveyed said that employment tribunal claims had decreased since the government introduced controversial fees for bringing claims. Only 3 per cent of businesses reported an increase in tribunal claims. About a third of employers said they wanted to retain the fees, but a significant minority of 15 per cent said they should be abolished, while another 11 per cent said they should be substantially reduced. Nearly 20 per cent of businesses suggested a single £50 fee for all claims.

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