Tribunal Reforms

April 18, 2013
 

The Government has taken steps to reform (and hopefully improve) the Employment Tribunal process.

In the Summer (Expected to be July) fees will be payable by the Claimant for bringing a claim in the Employment Tribunal. It is hoped that this will deter the vexatious claimant.

A two stage fee structure will be introduced. The first fee known as the ‘issue fee’ will be payable at the issue of a claim and the second
fee known as the ‘hearing fee’ will be payable around four weeks before the hearing.

There will be two levels of fee payable by the Claimant, currently thought to be as set out below:

  • Level 1 claims – Issue fee of £160 and hearing
    fee of £230, payable for claims categorised as straightforward. Including
    unlawful deduction from wages and holiday pay.
  • Level 2 claims – Issue fee of £230 and hearing
    fee of £950, payable for claims deemed to be more complex. Including unfair
    dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing complaints.

Higher fees are payable for multiple claims.

Fee’s will also apply for claims lodged with the Employment Appeal Tribunal. An Issue fee of £400 and a Hearing fee of £1,200.00.

And now for the bad news…………there will be the introduction new powers given to the Tribunal to apply penalties for losing respondents.
This can range from £100 to £5000. This would be in additional any compensation awarded!

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