Further to our recent article, the Ministry of Justice has now extended the Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme to all those that are eligible to apply for a refund.
Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme Opened Up To All Those Eligible
The Ministry of Justice launched the Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme on the 20th October 2017. They spent the first 4 weeks from that date contacting around 1000 people who had already enquired about a refund, to invite them to complete an application. In an announcement on the 15th November 2017, the Ministry of Justice stated that “this first phase has now been successfully completed.” As a result, all those who are eligible to apply for a refund can now do so as of the 15th November 2017 onwards. This can be done either by applying online on the GOV.UK website, or by post or email.
The Ministry of Justice added: “During the creation of the scheme the government has been working with trade unions who have supported large multiple claims potentially involving hundreds of claimants, and ahead of the full launch people were invited to pre-register their interest in applying. We will continue to work with the unions to ensure those who are eligible are able to claim a refund.”
How The Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme Will Work
- The Ministry of Justice will continue to liaise with trade unions on refunds relating to multiple claims they were involved in.
- Those who are eligible for a refund who were not amongst the initial 1000 people involved in the first phase, had the opportunity to pre-register an interest in advance of the full scheme being rolled out on the 15th November 2017. Those who pre-registered now need to follow that process through. Anybody eligible who did not pre-register, can now apply online on the GOV.UK website, or by post or email, by following the process set out in this link.
- As well as receiving a refund on the original fees, those eligible for a refund will also receive interest of 0.5%, calculated from the payment date to the refund date.
- Only those who have not already been reimbursed the tribunal fee by their opponent pursuant to a tribunal order, will be eligible for a refund. Nevertheless, the opponent who was ordered to reimburse the other party under an order will be able to apply for a refund.
- Any trade union, representative, or lead Claimant, who paid a fee on behalf of another will be eligible to apply for a refund.