From 29 July 2013, employees will have to pay a fee to bring an employment tribunal claim. Until now, there has been no fee for employment tribunal claims. This is changing so that the cost to the government of running the employment tribunal service is reduced, and to try to reduce the number of claims.
The amount of the fee will depend on the type of claim being brought. For basic claims, such as breach of contract, unpaid wages and holiday pay, the fee to issue the claim will be £160. For claims for unfair dismissal and discrimination, the fee will be £250. There will be a further fee for a tribunal hearing of £230 for the first category of claims and £950 for the second category.
These fees may deter some employees from making claims. However, the impact will be limited since claimants who are receiving benefits (as many employment tribunal claimants are) will not have to pay the fees.
If you are considering making a claim, you should contact us as soon as possible so that we can submit your claim before you have to pay these fees. If you receive a tribunal claim, we can advise on how these fees may affect your approach to defending the claim.