0370 270 6000

Draft employment tribunal fees order released

30 April 2013

The draft Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunal Fees Order 2013 has been released, with the aim of introducing fees for employment tribunal claims. July 2013 seems likely for its implementation.

The tribunal system cost the taxpayer £84m in 2011-12. It is hoped that fees will reduce that cost.

‘Simpler’ claims, e.g. for wages, will cost £160 to issue and £230 for the hearing. More complex claims, e.g. for unfair dismissal, will cost £250 to issue and £950 for the hearing.

Exemptions from the fees are available to those who are in receipt of certain benefits (including jobseeker’s allowance), or have low overall incomes or have low disposable incomes. As most claimants to an employment tribunal will not be in employment and therefore most probably in receipt of a qualifying benefit or have a low income, we will have to wait and see how much these fees actually reduce the cost to the taxpayer.

Related opinions

Bill to establish an “Office of the Whistleblower”

Baroness Kramer has now introduced the Protection of Whistleblowing Bill as a Private Members’ Bill, starting in the House of Lords.

View blog

New mothers suffer a cumulative loss of income of £66,434 over the following decade

Independent think-tank, the Social Market Foundation (“SMF”), has launched a cross-party parliamentary commission on childcare and its implications for mothers.

View blog

New rules for Fit Notes

Where employees are absent from work due to sickness for more than 7 days, they need to provide reasonable medical evidence in respect of that absence for statutory sick pay purposes – this is most frequently satisfied through the provision of a Statement of Fitness for Work, otherwise known as a Fit Note.

View blog

80% hours for 100% pay? That’ll do nicely

As has been widely reported this week, some 3,000 UK workers are taking part in a six month trial to assess the viability of a four-day working week without any reduction in their normal pay.

View blog

Mailing list sign up

Select which mailings you would like to receive from us.

Sign up