Significant employment law and practice changes

By Kevin McCavish

Monday 29 July 2013 will see some very significant changes to employment law and practice and employers and individuals need to make sure they are ready.
For the first time, it will be necessary to pay a fee in order to lodge a claim in the employment tribunal or an appeal in the employment appeal tribunal (or apply for a fee remission). Employers will also have to pay fees for certain applications in tribunal such as breach of contract counter-claims and judicial mediation (which will attract a fee of £600).

The amount of fee payable will depend upon the type of claim, simpler claims such as unlawful deduction from wages (Type A claims) will attract a lower fee than unfair dismissal or discrimination claims (Type B claims). Where a claimant has multiple claims the fee payable will be that relating to the highest level of claim.

Claimants in the employment tribunal will be required to pay a fee both on issue of a claim and, if the claim proceeds, prior to any hearing, as follows…

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