The report notes that the CAS bureaus have advised on 46,540 new employment related issues in 2013/2014, an increase of 6% on the previous year.
A number of recommendations have also been put forward in this report by CAS, including creating a new statutory employment commission to oversee the enforcement of employment law and to promote fair employment, additional resources being put in place to enforce payment of the National Minimum Wage, action being taken to make it easier for workers to obtain any sums awarded to them by an Employment Tribunal and the removal of Employment Tribunal fees.
On the Tribunal fee front the latest judicial review challenge to the Employment Tribunal fee regime by Unison was rejected by the High Court. This was partly on the basis that the drop in the number of claims being raised was held to be insufficient evidence that, as a result of Tribunal fees, particular claimants are not being afforded access to justice (as opposed to claimants in general). The CAS report contains a section on Employment Tribunal fees which provides individual examples of the fee regime acting as a barrier to employees raising claims.
The report can be accessed here. The fee examples referred to above are on page 35 of the report (using the numbering on the report itself).