Significant changes to the rules governing Employment Tribunal procedure are set to be introduced within the next two months.
The introduction of fees in the Employment Tribunal will come into effect on 29 July 2013 and from this date claimants will have to pay fees in two stages, an ‘issue fee’ payable on issuing the claim and a ‘hearing fee’ payable prior to the full merits hearing.
Straightforward claims such as unlawful deduction from wages and redundancy payments will be charged “Type A” fees (a £160 issue fee and a £230 hearing fee), whilst more complex and time consuming claims including claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing will be charged “Type B” fees (a £250 issue fee and a £950 hearing fee).
Those on low incomes or in receipt of certain benefits are likely to be eligible for a full or partial fee remission, however claims that are not accompanied by either a fee or a fee remission form will be rejected so it is important that these forms are completed in good time.
While we anticipate that fees will often be remitted or recoverable through settlement, we would encourage clients to seek advice at an early stage for assistance with any grievance and disciplinary process or with early conciliation. We would advise clients to submit their claims prior to the 29 July 2013 to avoid these fees and we are happy to assist with a full merits assessment and with issuing the claim.
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