Employment Law changes

Employment law changes effective 29 July 2013

From Monday 29 July 2013 the following changes to employment law came into force:

Unfair dismissal awards: The compensatory award for unfair dismissal claims will be capped at the lower of £74,200 or one year’s gross pay (not including pension contributions, benefits-in-kind or discretionary bonuses).
Employment Tribunal fees: Claimants will have to pay a fee to lodge an employment tribunal claim, and a further fee to proceed to a hearing. These fees will be up to £250 to lodge the claim and up to £950 for the hearing, depending on the type of claim. Fees are also being introduced at the Employment Appeal Tribunal. Respondents will in some circumstances have to pay fees, for example for applications to reconsider default judgments or final hearing judgments.