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Employment Tribunal fees implementation date announced

BY Hussain Kayani
Employment Law & HR
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HM Courts and Tribunals Service have announced that from Monday 29th July 2013 fees will be payable in Employment Tribunal actions. As previously reported in LAWmail, fees will apply to a variety of stages in the tribunal process, with the bulk of these being paid by the Claimant.  

Which fees apply will depend on the type of claim raised. Lower value claims (such as wages claims and claims for refusal to allow time off) will fall into “Type A” claims and attract level 1 fees. “Type B” claims will cover the bigger claims such as unfair dismissal, HR and detriment and will attract level 2 fees. There will also be additional fees for making specific applications to the tribunal. Claims that straddle both types (eg. a claim for unfair dismissal and unpaid wages) will attract only one fee but will be at the higher level. 

Fee Type           Level 1 Claims      Level 2 Claims 
Issue Fee*             £160                       £250
Hearing Fee*          £230                       £950

*Where there are multiple claimants higher fees apply but these will be split among the claimants.  

The above fees will be paid by the Claimant only and a fee waiver scheme will apply if the Claimant’s household does not have an income or savings. There will also be fees which a Claimant or Respondent may have to pay, and these are set out below:

             Review     Application   Mediation   Counter-     Application
             Default      to dismiss      by the        claim by       for review
            Judgment    following     judiciary   respondent
Level 1      £100              £60              -               £160            £100
Level 2      £100              £60           £600               -               £350

In the Employment Appeal Tribunal, the applicant will have to pay £400 to lodge an appeal and £1,200 for a full hearing. 

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