On 7 October 2013 a new fee remissions regime will come into force. This follows the introduction of fees in the employment tribunals and the employment appeals tribunal (EAT) on 29 July 2013.
Initially, provision was made for the remission and part remission of fees which reflected the remission scheme currently applied in the civil courts. Now a new remissions regime will be introduced for claims in the employment tribunal system and the EAT.
As a reminder, a fee is payable by a single claimant or a fee group:
• when a claim form is presented to an employment tribunal (the issue fee); and
• by the date specified in a notice that will be sent out with the notice listing the final hearing of the claim (the hearing fee).
A fee is also payable by a party making any of the following applications by the date specified in a notice that will be issued after the application has been made:
• an application for reconsideration of a default judgment;
• an application for reconsideration of a judgment following a final hearing;
• an application for dismissal following withdrawal of a claim;
• an employer’s contract claim made as part of the response to the employee’s contract claim.
There is also a fee payable by the respondent to a claim for a judicial mediation. This is payable by the date specified in the notice listing the mediation.
A separate fee regime exists for appeals to the EAT.
Individuals may apply for a fee remission, as can sole traders. However, businesses and other organisations are not allowed to do so.
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