A¬†letter sent via email¬†to Employment Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal stakeholders on May 28th ¬†confirmed that employment tribunal fees will be introduced on 29th July this year.
The new fee structure will see claimants seeking holiday pay, redundancy pay and notice pay or compensation for illegal wage deductions charged ¬£160 to issue a claim and ¬£230 for a hearing, a total of ¬£390 to bring a full case.
Those with unfair dismissal, discrimination, equal pay and whistleblowing cases will be required to pay ¬£250 to issue a claim and ¬£950 for a hearing, a total of ¬£1200 to bring a full case.
Over the past two years that the government has been planning to put employment tribunal fees in place and the Campaign For Trade Union Freedom along with the Institute Of Employment Rights and unions have campaigned against the charges and ¬†other changes to the law, including a doubling of the qualifying period for unfair dismissal, the halving of collective redundancy consultation periods and cuts to legal aid, together create a climate in which it is extremely difficult for workers to receive compensation and support if they are treated unfairly by their employer.
These issues are explored in-depth in the Institute Of Employment Rights publications¬†Justice Deferred: a critical guide to the Coalition’s employment tribunal reforms¬†and¬†Access to justice in employment disputes: surveying the terrain.
You can also read Adrian Weir’s review of Justice Deferred by clicking here.