Government report: ‘Findings from the Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications’

The 2013 Survey of Employment Tribunal Applications (SETA) indicates that the requirement to pay a fee is a factor influencing the decision to go to tribunal.

This is the sixth in a series aiming to provide information on the characteristics of the parties in, and the key features of, employment tribunal (ET) cases. The headline aims of the 2013 study were:

  • To obtain information on the characteristics of employment tribunal claimants and employers.
  • To assess the costs of going to tribunals for claimants and employers;
  • To monitor the performance of the employment tribunal claim process;

Since 29th July 2013, claimants who make a new employment tribunal claim have been required to pay a fee when doing so. The claims covered by the SETA 2013 survey were not subject to fees, however, claimants were asked about whether a fee of £250 for making the application would have influenced their decision to go to tribunal. The perception of about half of claimants (49 per cent) was that a claim fee of £250 would have influenced their decision.

The research was published in June 2014.

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