Carvill & Johnson, Solicitors in Birmingham report that the government has outlined in greater detail its proposed reforms to employment law by publishing a consultation on the fees to be introduced for individuals wishing to make use of the tribunal system.
While there is presently no cost for taking such action, the government is considering introducing two options for charging fees in employment tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal.
The first proposal would see an initial fee (£150-£250) followed by further charges (£250-£1,250) should the claim proceed to hearing. Alternatively, individuals could make just one payment of between £200 and £600, but have their compensation limited to £30,000. For any awards above this threshold, a higher initial amount of £1,750 would be charged.
Birmingham Solicitors add that under the terms of the consultation, the first of these options would also apply to appeals to the Employment Appeal Tribunal. In such cases, the initial fee would be £400 and the hearing fee would be £1,200.
Interested parties have until 6th March 2012 to comment on the proposals. This would be followed by the introduction of fees in 2013 for the first option, while, in the latter case, fees would not be introduced until 2014.
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