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By Stephen Smith, Employment Lawyer

THE Employment Tribunal has confirmed that claims like unfair dismissal will not be accepted new fees for these are paid in full at the beginning of the case.

From 29th July, fees are becoming mandatory in all employment cases, with £160 to be paid for simple claims, such as wages and redundancy payments, and £250 for dismissal and discrimination.

There will be further fees of £230 and £950 respectively for the hearings in these cases as well, with the employer to meet these and no onus on the employer to pay anything during the progress of the claim. The fees go the Court and Tribunal Service and are not reimbursed.

Usually in employment cases, all claims require to be lodged within three months of the event the claim is based on, which can lead to cases being submitted with only a few days to spare.

But the Employment Tribunal rules mean that – even if a valid case is brought in time – if the correct fee is not paid at the beginning, the case could be “timebarred” and the employee as a result could lose the right to be paid compensation.

*The Glasgow Law Practice represents employers and employees at the Tribunal, and will be advising clients on how the new fees will operate.