In order to reduce the number of weak or nuisance claims at Employment Tribunals, the government has decided to introduce a fee system. Taking effect from summer 2013, discontented employees will have to pay up to £1,200 to make a claim. This may be reimbursed by the employer, if the tribunal agrees with the employee’s claim, in addition to any other recompense the employer is ordered to pay.
There are two fee brackets, £390 and £1,200. The lower amount is for simple cases, such as non-payment of wages, while the upper fee would be triggered for the majority of cases, for example unfair dismissal claims.