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Employment tribunal fee refund scheme progresses 23/10/2017 The Government has announced that the first people eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds are now able to apply.

Employment tribunal fee refund scheme progresses

The Government has announced that the first people eligible for employment tribunal fee refunds are now able to apply.

The first stage of the phased implementation scheme comes after Ministers committed to refunding those who had paid employment tribunal fees following a Supreme Court judgment. The court recognised the important role fees can play, but ruled that the Government had not struck the right balance in this case.

Up to around 1,000 people will now be contacted individually and given the chance to complete applications before the full scheme is opened up in the coming weeks. The Government says it is also working with trade unions who have supported large multiple claims potentially involving hundreds of claimants.

As well as being refunded their original fee, successful applicants to the scheme will also be paid interest of 0.5%, calculated from the date of the original payment up until the refund date.

The opening phase of the refund scheme will last for around four weeks. Further details of the scheme, including details of how it can be accessed, will be made available when the scheme is rolled out fully.

For those who have paid Employment Tribunals fees, but have not been invited to take part in the initial stage, the Government is setting up a pre-registration scheme so that they can register an interest in applying when the full scheme is rolled out.

Further details can be found here.

 

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