The Government is to start the first tranche of refunds to people who paid employment tribunal fees from July 2013.
The Supreme Court recently overturned legislation allowing for employment tribunal fees amid concerns that fees had led to a significant decrease in people defending their employment rights. The Government is now launching the first phase of refunds for those who have been charged.
Officials in the Ministry of Justice will be writing to an initial group of up to 1,000 people who paid fees for proceedings in the Employment Tribunals, inviting them to take part. This group will consist of people who have contacted the Ministry since the Supreme Court judgment enquiring about a refund. Those who receive a refund will also be paid interest from the date their payment was received.
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. Those who wish to do so can register either by email at: email@example.com; or alternatively by post to the following addresses:
For proceedings in England and Wales
Employment Tribunals Central Office (England and Wales)/Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) Fees
PO Box 10218
Leicester LE1 8EG
For proceedings in Scotland
Employment Tribunals Central Office Scotland/Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) Fees
PO Box 27105
Glasgow G2 9JRX
The Government says this phase is primarily aimed at people making applications for refunds in single claims. During this period, they will also be working with the Trades Unions on how this process should be best applied to applications for refunds in larger multiple claims.
The full refund scheme will be rolled out early in November. At that point, anyone who has paid a fee in the Employment Tribunals, whether in a single or multiple claim, will be able to claim a refund.
The Government says those who will be eligible to apply for a refund under the scheme are:
Further guidance will be available when the scheme is rolled out.