Employment law 2013 review: tribunal reform

Tribunal fees became a reality on 29 July. This is a historic change to the system that has until now been free for end users. Basically, under the new fees regime, there are two main charging points: the first on issue of the claim; and the second prior to the hearing. The level of the fee will depend on the nature of the claim.

Level 1 claims, covering disputes over matters such as unauthorised deductions from wages and unpaid redundancy payments, are now subject to a £160 issue fee and a £230 hearing fee. Level 2 claims, which include claims for unfair dismissal, discrimination, equal-pay claims and whistleblowing, will be subject to a £250 issue fee and a £950 hearing fee. Additional charging points also apply for some specific applications…

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