It is likely that as from 29th July 2013 the Government will introduce fees for issuing and pursuing employment tribunal cases. There will be two levels of fees to be paid by the applicant, the level depending upon the type of claim the applicant is making. There will be a fee on submission of the claim and a hearing fee before the full hearing.
There will also be a cap on the maximum award for unfair dismissal. It will be the lower of 52 weeks pay or £74,200.
In a rather surprising decision involving former staff of Woolworths, the Employment Appeal Tribunal has decided that there must be a 90 days consultation period if 20 or more throughout the whole of an organisation are being considered for redundancy. Previously, it had been accepted that there should only be need for such consultation if 20 or more employees were being considered for redundancy at one site.