HM Courts & Tribunals Service have confirmed today that from 29 July 2013 all Tribunal and Employment Appeal Tribunal applications must either be accompanied by the designated fee, or by an application for fee remission.
This is part of the ongoing Tribunal reform designed to reduce the number of litigated claims and to persuade employers and employees to resolve disputes without recourse to the Tribunal Service.
Other reforms (yet to be introduced) include compulsory pre-claim conciliation, penalties for losing Respondents to claims and revised (simplified) “settlement agreements” replacing “compromise agreements”.
HM Courts & Tribunals Service will be providing more information including frequently asked questions closer to the changes.
In the short term, this may lead to more cases being issued prior to the deadline of 29 July 2013.