Employment law reforms — changes now in force

On 29 July 2013, the changes to the Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure and new sections of the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013 came into force introducing a number of important changes.

Fees are only payable for claims that have been commenced on or after 29 July 2013. The fees, discussed in Stephenson Harwood’s 7 January e-alert, are now payable by a claimant to issue a claim or for a full merits hearing. To recap, in single-claimant claims, Type A or lower-value claims (e.g. unpaid wages, redundancy payments and unpaid notice), the fee to issue a claim will be £160 with a hearing fee of £230 (total £390). Type B claims (e.g. unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing) will be subject to an issue fee of £250 and a hearing fee of £950 (total £1,200).

An application to dismiss a claim following settlement or withdrawal will cost £60; holding a judicial mediation will cost £600 (payable by the employer) and making a breach of contract counter-claim will cost £160 (payable by the employer)…

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