Government announces Employment Law Reforms

The government has announced various changes to the employment tribunal system, allegedly “to boost the economy”.

The government has announced various changes to the employment tribunal system, allegedly “to boost the economy”.

  • The qualifying period for bringing a claim for unfair dismissal (as has been trailed for some time) will increase from 1 year to two on 1 April 2012;
  • Fees for bringing a claim will be introduced for the first time, apparently these will be:
    • £250 for lodging an ET1 Claim Form at the Employment Tribunal
    • A further fee of £1,000 when the case is listed for trial (if the claim is for more than £30,000, higher fees will be charged, the details of which are not yet available)
    • If the Claimant is unable to pay owing to poverty, there will be systems in place to allow a waiver of the fees;All fees will be refunded to the successful claimant but forfeited by those who lose.

The details will be published in due course and will clarify much that remains unsaid. The definition of “poverty” will be crucial to the effect of the introduction of these fees. If it is a simple test based upon receipt of certain benefits, the vast majority of existing claimants would be covered. If however, it is on a more complicated basis, like the financial requirements for receipt of legal aid, that could severely reduce the number of claims being brought.

Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.
Lee Dawkins

Lee Dawkins

Over the past 30 years Lee has overseen the expansion of the firm’s litigation department. He developed our personal injury and clinical negligence teams, creating various niche areas that now enjoy a national profile. He pioneered contentious probate, setting up one of the UK's leading inheritance dispute teams and established Slee Blackwell as a force within claimant professional negligence. He now works as the firm's marketing partner.

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