HM Courts and Tribunals Service has confirmed that fees will be implemented in Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal from Monday 29 July 2013.
Under the new system, individuals will have to pay an “issue fee” to present their claim to the Employment Tribunal and then a “hearing fee” if the claim proceeds to a hearing. For straightforward and low value claims such as for unpaid wages and redundancy payments, the issue fee will be £160.00 and the hearing fee will be £230.00. For all other claims, including unfair dismissal and discrimination complaints, the issue fee will be £250.00 and the hearing fee will be £950.00.
All fees will be payable in advance. There will be a remission system for those on low incomes which may mean that some people will not be required to pay the full fees.
A fee is bound to put off some claimants from starting employment tribunal claims, particularly if they find they do not qualify under the remission scheme. However, once paid, it may make claimants more determined to have their day in Tribunal or insist that any settlement offer also covers fees.
The fee system will not apply to claims lodged prior to 29 July 2013. HM Courts and Tribunals Service are expected to issue a question and answer document on the new process and arrangements in due course.
If you require any further information on any aspect of employment law, please contact Emma Carter.