Employment Tribunal Changes

Many businesses will face the employment tribunal system at some stage, so it is always wise to be prepared where possible. Stone Rowe Brewer LLP can assist you in all aspects of the employment tribunal procedure, from pre-claim mediation, to post-hearing administration. The Government has implemented changes to overhaul the employment tribunal system with further proposals in the pipeline – a brief description of the current changes follows:

Deposit Orders:
these can be the secret weapon of any employer in defending a claim in an employment tribunal – the maximum deposit order has been increased if a claimant has little prospect of success, from £500 to £1,000, for cases presented on or after April 6th 2012.

Cost Awards: one potential headache for any business whilst pursuing a dispute all the way to the employment tribunal is that, in the majority of cases, each party bears its own legal fees. However, this is set to change. For all cases presented on or after April 6th, the maximum amount of costs an employment tribunal can award has been increased from £10,000 to £20,000. Also, judges now sit alone in unfair dismissal cases and are no longer accompanied by representatives from an employee and employer background.

We will update you on further Employment Law developments in future news updates, however, if you would like to discuss how these proposed changes could impact your business, and the best ways to prepare for them, please contact Sarah Smith on 020 8891 6141.