Changes to the Tribunal system

In a speech today George Osborne set out the Government`s "activist economic strategy to deal with the country`s debts, promote growth and spread prosperity". As part of the Government`s strategy he identified a number of new measures to support business and help rebalance the economy. Two of the measures related to the reform of the existing Employment Tribunal system.

Fees:
From April 2013 the Government will introduce fees for Employment Tribunals. Currently there is no charge for submission of a Tribunal complaint (unlike in the civil and family Courts). Further details in relation to the proposed fees have yet to be decided. The Government is proposing to consult on the level and structure of the fees ensuring remissions are available for the lowest paid.

Qualification Period:
Currently the qualification period for submission of an unfair dismissal complaint to an Employment Tribunal is one year. From April 2012 employees will only be able to make a claim after two years of continuous employment. This reform will not affect "Day one" rights - such as the right not to be discriminated against.

Posted on: 03/10/2011

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