Tribunal Fees

Following recent consultations the Government has announced that a fee structure for Employment Tribunals will be implemented in the summer of 2013.

There will be two levels under the fee structure:

Level 1 - basic claims for sums due on termination of employment e.g. unpaid wages, redundancy payment, notice monies etc.

Level 2 - claims relating to unfair dismissal, discrimination, equal pay and whistleblowing

For each level there will be a fee payable on both the issue of the claim and prior to the hearing. As the proposal currently stands these are:

Level 1 - Issue Fee £60; Hearing Fee £230

Level 2 - Issue fee £250; Hearing Fee £950

The Government has proposed that the fee remission scheme in the Employment Tribunal be based on receipt of certain permitted state benefits or a household income below a certain threshold. 

The Government has committed to reviewing the fee structure once implemented to assess its impacts and consider if changes are needed.

It will be interesting to see if the introduction of the fee structure has the desired effect in reducing the volume of Employment Tribunal claims and encouraging early resolution of disputes. 

Posted on: 17/07/2012

This article is for general guidance only. It provides useful information in a concise form. Action should not be taken without obtaining specific legal advice.

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