From the 29 July 2013 all Claimants who do not qualify for fee remission will have to pay the both an issue fee and a hearing fee before the date of the final hearing.
The fees are divided into type A claims which are largely simpler claims such as, unpaid holiday and refusal to allow time off will attract the level 1 fee and more complicated claims such as discrimination and unfair dismissal claims will attract the level 2 fee. The table below shows the fees that will apply from 29 July 2013.
|Fee Type||Type A claims||Type B claims|
A fee remission system will operate for those who cannot afford to pay the fees but overall it seems feasible that many Claimants may think twice before issuing a claim. Any claim issued before 29 July 2013 will not be subject to any fees and so any Claimant who has a potential claim should strongly consider issuing the claim before the fees come into force.
Other application fees will also be payable by both Claimant and Respondent from the 29 July 2013 and all fee will be potentially recoverable from the losing party, meaning at least to some extent the tribunal may lose its current position that costs do not follow the event.
The new fee system will see a centralised structure for issuing claims bring the Tribunal more in line with the Civil Court. If Claimant’s believe they have a potential claim against an employer it is important they act quickly as it is unlikely they will again have the chance to commence Tribunal proceedings for free.