Employment Tribunal Fees 2013
The introduction of Employment Tribunal Fees will be a welcome change for employers, with spurious claims expected to fall as claimants have to put their money where their mouth is in order to lodge a claim.
The results of the consultation on the introduction of employment tribunal fees by the Ministry of Justice have been published, with the key points as follows:
- Level 1 claims, which are straightforward matters, such as unlawful deduction of wages will cost £160 to issue with a £230 hearing fee
- Level 2 claims, i.e. more complex matters will incur a £250 issue fee, with £950 hearing fee
- Employment Appeal Tribunal – £400 appeal fee, £1,200 hearing fee.
Whilst these fees will of course contribute to the cost of running the employment tribunal system, they do not cover the complete cost.
The government is therefore expected to review these fees once the changes have been implemented in Summer 2013.