What is the unfair dismissal basic award?

Where a tribunal makes an award of compensation for unfair dismissal the award will consist of a basic award and a compensatory award. The basic award is calculated according to age, length of service and normal weekly pay in the same way as a statutory redundancy payment. For these purposes, where the effective date of termination is on or after 6 April 2016, the maximum amount of a week's pay is £479.

A minimum basic award of £5,853 is payable where the employee was dismissed on grounds of trade union membership or activities, for carrying out legitimate health and safety activities as a health and safety representative, for carrying out functions as an occupational pension scheme trustee or for carrying out functions as an elected employee representative.