Employment Law-Good news for employers?-Bad news for employees?
Big changes in the Tribunal system:-
1. From 6th April 2014, there is to be an ACAS operated system of pre-claim conciliation. From 6th April 2014, an employee cannot bring an Employment Tribunal case unless they have received an Early Conciliation Form from ACAS. The pre-claim conciliation is mandatory.
2. A draft Order has been produced which introduces an additional limit to the maximum compensation an employee can be awarded in unfair dismissal cases. The current maximum is £74,200. The draft Order will provide that there is a further cap, which would limit maximum compensation to either £74,200 or a year’s pay, whichever is the lower. This is expected to come into force in July 2013.
3. Fees. This is a completely new event in Tribunals. For standard cases, there is to be an issue fee payable of £250 plus a hearing fee of £950. Until now, Tribunals have always been free of any fees. Whether this and the other measurements will result in a significant drop in applications, remains to be seen.
Contact Chris Varley 01756 700200 [email protected]