New Fees for Employment Tribunals; EMPLOYMENT FOCUS

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New Fees for Employment Tribunals; EMPLOYMENT FOCUS


EMPLOYEES will soon be charged fees for the first time for taking claims to employment tribunals.

The new system, which comes into effect later this month, has been introduced by the UK Government to reduce costs.

Since originally being set up almost 50 years ago, tribunals have been free.

But the nature and extent of employment rights has expanded since then, dramatically increasing costs.

There are concerns that the fees will prevent employees from pursuing cases and encourage employers to behave unscrupulously.

No fees are chargeable for any claim made to an employment tribunal before this change comes into effect on 29 July.

Anyone involved in an employment dispute is advised to consult a specialist solicitor.

The new charges are split into two levels, depending on whether the claim is basic, such as for holiday pay, or more important and complex, for instance, unfair dismissal or discrimination.

The level one fees are PS160 for making a claim and PS230 for hearing it, while level two fees are PS250 and PS950 respectively.

The Employment Tribunals and Employment Appeal Tribunals Fees Order sets out the type of claims that fall under each level.

Other fees are payable for particular types of applications to the tribunal during the lifetime of a claim.

Only the employee claimant must pay the level one and two fees. The employer respondent does not have to make any of these payments. This differs from the courts, where both sides to a dispute pay fees as the case progresses.

Also, the employee must pay the hearing fee well in advance of the actual hearing date. …

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