Employment law reforms — changes now in force

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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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