Consultation on tribunal powers in Scotland

A CONSULTATION is underway into plans to devolve employment tribunal powers to the Scottish Government.

The Smith Commission report, published following the 2014 Scottish independence referendum “No” vote, recommended that “all powers over the management and operation” of employment tribunals should be devolved.

In September, the Scottish Government announced plans to abolish tribunal fees in a bid to broaden access to employment justice.

The introduction of fees in July 2013 saw a reported 60-70 per cent drop in the number of claims across the UK.

Concerns have been raised by some businesses who fear abolishing fees could lead to a sharp rise in claims lodged in Scotland, with an associated increase in administration costs.

Results of the consultation are expected at the end of April 2016 with feedback due the following month.