24 February 2011 #Employment
It has been reported that a former MP, Jim Devine, has been declared bankrupt after he failed to pay the compensation awarded by a Scottish Employment Tribunal in the sum of £35,000 to his ex Office Manager.
Claimants have various methods of enforcements actions available to them against employers who failed to pay Tribunal awards including compensation and costs awards.
In England various enforcement options to recover sums owed include:
Such enforcement action is taken in the civil court system, not within the Employment Tribunal system.
A Respondent who fails to pay an award will be added to the Register of Judgements, Orders and Fines (http://www.trustonline.org.uk/understand-judgments-fines/the-registers-for-judgments-and-fines/) when they are sued in the County Court. The Register is open to the public to search and can be viewed by credit reference, for a small fee, agencies so a company`s credit rating may be affected.
In discrimination claims failure to pay an award can amount to an act of victimisation and form the basis of a further claim.