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Employment Claim Fees Come into Force

By Stephen Smith, Employment Solicitor. CHARGES are being introduced next month for the first time to bring a claim at the Employment Tribunal.

From July 29th, all new claims will require to pay an initial fee when the claim is lodged, and then a second fee before a hearing is fixed.

The fees are: £160 at the outset for claims about wages, notice and redundancy pay, and £250 for more complex claims such as unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing.

 No more than four weeks before the hearing, a second fee also has to be paid – this is £230 for simpler wages claims, and £950 for more complex ones.

The announcement is expected to spark a rush of claims being lodged at the Employment Tribunal before the law changes on 29th July, as until then there will be no charges.

The new rules do not provide any guidance on whether the fees will be reimbursed to those who are successful. This will remain a matter of discretion for the Employment Tribunal hearing the case.

*The Glasgow Law Practice advises claimants and employers on Employment Tribunal matters, and initial advice is free. Contact ss@theglasgowlawpractice.co.uk