Employment Tribunals; fee reimbursement scheme
Three months ago the Supreme Court ruled that the Employment Tribunal fee regime was unlawful and therefore must be withdrawn.
Since then we have been waiting for the Government to confirm its plans to reimburse those who paid the unlawful fee.
Finally, on 20th October 2017 the Government confirmed its plans to roll out a reimburse scheme. This is a staged process; the first 4 weeks is open to 1,000 eligible applicants to apply for their reimbursement. Those who are eligible have been written to individually.
This scheme is now being rolled out to anyone who paid the unlawful tribunal fee. You can make a claim for your refund here.
As well as being able to recover the initial fee paid, the Government will pay 0.5% interest on top to be calculated from the date the original fee was paid.
The Government is also considering what to do with those claims that were rejected as a result of a failure to pay the fee. Around 7,500 applicants were rejected on this basis and they are being contacted to ask if they wish their claim to be re-instated.
Laura Pearce, Senior Solicitor