Employment Tribunal Fees

Employment Tribunal Fees

Employment tribunal fees were introduced in July 2013 and although they have been challenged as being illegal or discriminatory we currently still have to pay them.

The fees are split into 2 types, the issue fee, which has to be paid when you lodge the ET1 and the hearing fee which has to be paid 6 weeks before the hearing. There are also 2 levels of fees a lower level for simple type A cases (generally contract or wages claims) and a higher fee for the more complicated type b cases (these are the unfair dismissal and discrimination type claims).

The main employment tribunal fees are;

Issue fee type A case – £160           Issue fee  type B case – £250

Hearing fee type A case – £230     Hearing fee type B case – £950

There is a fee remission system in place for people who genuinely cannot afford to pay the employment tribunal fees, but although the fee remission process has recently been made a little simpler it is still not too easy to qualify.

In order to get a fee remission you must pass 2 tests;

1. The Disposable Capital Test

If you have savings of £3000 or more you will not be entitled to a fee remission,. Disposable capital includes among other things all savings, stocks and shares and redundancy payments or the value of second homes. If you pass this test you move to the next stage;

2. The Gross Monthly Income Test

This is more complicated and depends on whether or not you have a partner and or children, it is however a very low bar and a single person earing £1085 gross a month would not qualify for full remission. You will get full remission if you are on one of the following benefits

– Income Based Jobseeker’s Allowance

– Income-related Employment and Support Allowance

– Income Support

– Universal Credit with gross annual earnings of less than £6,000

– State Pension guarantee credit

However, as I said this is a fairly complicated area which depends on individual circumstances and you would be well advised to call us on: 0845 070 0505 (Please note: Calls to this number will cost approximately 4p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge) so that our employment experts can advise you on your right to fee remission.