03 Oct, 2011

George Osborne announces plans for employment tribunal fee

The UK Chancellor, George Osborne, has announced plans to implement a new charge levied on people who bring an employment tribunal from April 2013, according to the BBC.

The amount and payment methods are yet to be decided but an individual who wins their case will have the fee refunded, and those who are on low, or no income, will possibly be eligible for a reduced or waived fee.

Osborne said: “We are ending the one way bet against small businesses.”

He also confirmed that anyone bringing about an employment tribunal must have been employed by the employer in question for a minimum period of two years, whereas the present qualifying period is just one year.

Osborne continued: “We respect the right of those who spent their whole lives building up a business, not to see that achievement destroyed by a vexatious appeal to an employment tribunal. So we are now going to make it much less risky for businesses to hire people.”

The plans have received mixed reactions. The GMB union said: “The Tory party is increasingly being funded by the asset strippers and predators. That explains why the Tories want to reduce the employment rights of ordinary workers not to be sacked from their livelihoods unfairly.”

However, according to the BBC, the business lobby, CBI, have reacted positively to the proposals.

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