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Ministry of Justice Announces Its Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme

Further to our recent article, the Ministry of Justice has now launched its employment tribunal fees refund scheme.

Employment Tribunal Fees Refund Scheme: How It Will Work

Under the proposals put forward by the Ministry of Justice, the employment tribunal fees refund scheme will work as follows:-

  • During an initial phase which will last around 4 weeks from the 20th October 2017, the Ministry of Justice will contact around 1000 people who have already enquired about a refund, to invite them to complete an application.
  • The Ministry of Justice will liaise with trade unions in terms of providing refunds on multiple claims they were involved in.
  • Those not invited to participate in the initial phase can pre-register an interest in advance of the full scheme being rolled out in around 4 weeks time. This can be done either by email to: ethelpwithfees@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk, or by writing to: Employment Tribunal Central Office (England and Wales)/Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) Fees, PO Box 10218, Leicester, LE1 8EG (For those who paid fees in England and Wales) or Employment Tribunals Central Office Scotland/Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) Fees, PO Box 27105, Glasgow, G2 9JRX (For those that paid fees in Scotland).
  • As well as providing a refund on the original fees, the Ministry of Justice will also pay 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.

Further Details To Follow In Due Course

The Ministry of Justice will be providing further details about the scheme shortly, as the full scheme is rolled out.

When announcing the scheme yesterday, the Justice Minister, Dominic Raab, stated: the initial “phase is primarily aimed at people making applications for refunds in single claims. During this period, we will also be working with the Trades Unions on how this process should be best applied to applications for refunds in larger multiple claims. We plan to roll out the full refund scheme 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.”

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