This month many employers that paid tribunal fees will get the opportunity to claim them back.
This follows the Supreme Court’s axing of tribunal fees in July this year on the grounds that they are ‘unlawful’ and a ‘barrier to justice’.
How do I claim the fees back?
Information provided by the Department of Justice:
“To receive a refund, applicants will be invited to complete an application form with their details, details of their employment tribunal claim and the fees that they paid. These details will be verified against HMCTS’s records.
“Where people are unable to provide full details of the fees they paid, or the details they provide do not accord with the details the Department of Justice hold, their application will not be refused automatically, but it may take longer to process.
“Where a person is claiming for fees that they reimbursed to their opponent pursuant to a Tribunal Order, they will be asked to provide a copy of the Tribunal Order, and proof of payment.
“In cases where a person reimbursed their opponent under a private settlement, they will not be eligible for a refund; in such cases, the person who paid the fee to the Tribunal will be eligible for a refund.
“All applicants will also be asked to sign a declaration of truth about the details they provide.
“Refunds will be made to the applicant’s bank account; if an individual does not have a bank account, they can contact HMCTS for alternative methods of payment.”
To make a claim:
Employment Tribunal Central Office (England and Wales)/Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) Fees,
PO Box 10218,
Claimants in Scotland should write to:
Employment Tribunals Central Office Scotland/Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) Fees,
PO Box 27105,
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