Hot on the heels of Mr Justice Underhill's recommendations for reforming employment tribunal procedures, comes the Government's response to its consultation on fees for bringing employment tribunal claims, which it says will be introduced in summer 2013.
The Government's consultation response states that there will be two levels of claim:
- For level 1 claims, the issue fee is £160 and the hearing fee is £230.
- For level 2 claims, the issue fee is £250 and the hearing fee is £950.
Whether a claim attracts level 1 fees or level 2 fees will depend on the type of claim. Level 2 claims are those that are likely to be more complex and take more time to determine. Level 1 claims include unlawful deduction from wages, holiday pay, and redundancy payment claims. Level 2 claims include discrimination, equal pay and unfair dismissal claims.
The Government has decided that there will be no separate fee for seeking written reasons for a tribunal's decision, as had originally been proposed.