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Introduction of Fees in Employment Tribunals

13 July 2012 #Employment


The Ministry of Justice has announced the introduction of fees in employment tribunals, intended to take effect in Summer 2013.  According to the press release, the aim is "to encourage businesses and workers to mediate or settle a dispute rather than go to a full hearing", as well as reduce taxpayer subsidy.  Taxpayers currently meet the full cost of the system. 

The key changes are:

  • Level 1 Employment Tribunal claims (straightforward claims) £160 issue fee; £230 hearing fee
  • Level 2 Employment Tribunal claims £250 issue fee; £950 hearing fee 
  • Employment Appeal Tribunal claims: £400 issue fee; £1,200 hearing fee, both payable by the Appellant

A number of other fees will also be introduced to cover for example, multiparty claims, review applications, judicial mediation, etc and full details can be found in Charging Fees in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal

Despite these changes, it should be noted that taxpayers will continue to fully fund the cost of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS).  Also, people on low incomes may not be required to pay full fees. 

Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly said: "We want people, where they can, to pay a fair contribution for the system they are using, which will encourage them to look for alternatives.  It is in everyone`s interest to avoid drawn out disputes which emotionally damage workers and financially damage businesses. That`s why we are encouraging quicker, simpler and cheaper alternatives like mediation."

Employmentbuddy will keep you posted. 

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