Former Employees Must Pay a Fee to Issue Employment Tribunal Claims

Employment Tribunal Fees to be Introduced
From the 29th July 2013, anyone who wants to issue an employment tribunal claim against their former employer will have to pay a fee.

They will also have to pay a hearing fee about six weeks before the full tribunal hearing.

Tribunal judges will have a power to order the unsuccessful party to reimburse any fees paid by the successful party, although this will be at the judge’s discretion rather than automatic.

Here are the key points you need to be aware of:-

• For level 1 claims (the very straightforward ones such as unpaid wages), there is a fee of £160 to start a claim and £230 for the hearing

• For level 2 claims (pretty much everything else, including unfair dismissal), the fee is £250 to start a claim and £950 to go to a hearing

• Some claimants will be eligible for a fee remission if they meet the qualifying criteria based on their capital and monthly income

Good news for employers

This could be good news for employers.

It’s currently free to issue tribunal proceedings which means that many disgruntled former employees simply try their luck by taking 20 minutes to fill in a form on line.

They hope their former employer will pay out just to get rid of them because defending a tribunal claim can be very expensive (unless their employer subscribes to an employment law service, such as HR Complete).

Do you need help defending an employment tribunal claim?

If you need help defending an employment tribunal claim or if you want advice on avoiding one altogether, simply contact me on 01604 619 810 and I will be glad to help!

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