Abolishing tribunal fees
One objective is to establish a more level playing field in the workplace. Having established a Fair Work Convention in April this year, the government is focused on developing what it calls a ‘Fair Work Agenda’. As part of that initiative it intends to abolish employment tribunal fees.
The Scottish government views employment tribunal fees as a barrier to access to justice but presently employment law is not a devolved matter over which the Scottish government has control The abolition of fees will take place when the government is clear on how the further transfer of powers and responsibilities from Westminster will work. Negotiations regarding further devolved powers are ongoing. Therefore, the intention to abolish fees may be definite but the timescale less so.