Tribunal Pays Outs on the Increase

From 6th April 2017, the financial limits for awards made in employment tribunals and statuary payments will rise to record highs.

At the start of the new financial year, The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2017 (SI 2017/715) will introduce new thresholds for awards made in tribunals and other amounts payable under employment legislation.

The maximum an individual who brings a case of unfair dismissal to court can expect to be awarded will increase from £78,962 to £80,541 and the maximum week’s pay used to calculate statuary redundancy payments and various other awards will rise from £479 to £489.

The minimum basic award stipulated for certain cases of unfair dismissal, for example those involving dismissal for trade union activities,  health and safety duties or acting as a workforce  or employee representative, will also increase  from £5,853 to £5,970.

‘This comes as little surprise as there was a perceived need to revisit the process from the point of view of the employee,’ explains Sue Ball, Head of Employment at Verisona Law.

‘The last time The Employment Tribunal made major headlines was in 2013 when fees were introduced for those who wanted to bring a case to tribunal.  Now, if people are found to have just cause, they are able to feel they have recouped some, if not all, of their initial investment with an increased financial settlement.’

These new limits will apply to all cases where the effective date of termination falls on or after 6th April 2017.

‘Any employers who relaxed with the feeling that recent legislation was in their favour needs to sit back up and pay attention,’ warns Sue. ‘An Employment Tribunal is not a place any employer should wish to be.’

Here are the types of cases we handle:-

  • Contracts of Employment
  • Employer Staff Handbooks
  • Redundancy Process
  • Breach of Contract
  • Breach of Restrictive Covenants
  • Tribunal Claims
  • Settlement Agreements
  • Consultancy Agreements

Sports and Football Law

  • Contracts of Employment
  • Service Agreements
  • Contractual Issues
  • Executive Departures