Employment Tribunal Fee Refunds.
The Government announced on 20th October that the first people eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds will be able to apply from today.
Following a judgement of the Supreme Court in July 2017 which outlawed fees on the basis that the Government had not struck the right balance in terms of levels of fees, Government Ministers committed to refunding those who had paid employment tribunal fees since 2013. Initially around 1,000 are to be contacted individually and given the opportunity to complete applications for a fee refund as from 20th October, and in the coming weeks the full scheme will be opened to all who have incurred fees.
Refunds will include interest of 0.5% calculated from the date of original payment, up until the refund date. Government sources estimate that the cost of refunding tribunal fees will be in the region of around £33m.
The legal team at Scottish Engineering are in the process of contacting any members affected by the issue of fees, and intend to register potential claims for refund of fees once in receipt of member companies’ instructions.