Following a consultation exercise, the Ministry of Justice has announced the amended fee structure that will apply to those wishing to make use of the employment tribunal system.
The cost of running the service is currently £84 million per annum. The Government’s aim is to reduce the taxpayer subsidy whilst also promoting early resolution of disputes via mediation, so that use of the employment tribunal system is seen as a last resort.
The amended fee structure for single claims is as follows:
For level 1 claims (i.e. claims for sums due on termination of employment, such as unpaid wages, payment in lieu of notice, redundancy payments etc.) the issue fee will be £160 and the hearing fee will be £230; and
For level 2 claims (i.e. claims relating to unfair dismissal, discrimination, equal pay claims and claims arising under the Public Interest Disclosure Act 1998 etc.) the issue fee will be £250 and the hearing fee will be £950.
The fee for bringing an appeal to the EAT will be £400 and the hearing fee will be £1,200.
The new fee structure will be introduced in summer 2013 and will be subject to regular review once implemented.