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The government is consulting on proposals to introduce a fee structure in the employment tribunals and EAT. Currently, bringing a claim or an appeal in the tribunal or EAT is free of charge and the cost of running the tribunals is met by the taxpayer. However, this is set to change with the consultation making it clear that fees will be charged, and that it is just the matter of how this will work that needs to be determined.
Views are sought on two separate fee-charging schemes. Under the first, the level of fees charged would depend on the nature of the claim made and the stage it reaches in proceedings. There would be two fees payable: an ‘issue fee' (when the claim is lodged) of between £150 and £250; and a ‘hearing fee' (when the claim proceeds to hearing) of between £250 and £1,250. Under the second option one fee would be payable by the claimant at the issue stage, irrespective of whether the claim proceeded to a hearing. This fee would range from between £200 and £1,750. Only one fee structure is proposed for the EAT, which would follow the first fee-charging structure described above.
The consultation will close on 6 March.
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