An employment partner at Peterborough
law firm Hegarty & Co is warning employers to keep up to date with
their employee legal requirements as the Employment Tribunal
compensation limits are set to rise next February.
Employment partner, Tim Thompson,
explained, "Employment Tribunals resolve disputes between
employers and employees over a variety of employment rights. They act
on disputes regarding unfair dismissal, redundancy payments, sex, race
and disability discrimination together with certain issues relating to
wages and terms and conditions of employment."
"Annually the Employment Rights
Order increases the limit of compensation for unfair dismissal that
can be awarded at Employment Tribunals. The amount for unfair
dismissal will increase to £61,300 from 1st February next year."
Tim has considerable experience at
representing clients at Employment Tribunals, and advising employees
and employers on their legal position.
He continued, "Some people may be
unaware that there are set limits on the amount of compensation that
can be awarded at Employment Tribunals for certain types of cases.
Employment law is complicated and changes frequently but HR
professionals need to ensure they keep up to date, if their company
loses at a Tribunal they may be forced to pay a large amount of
compensation to the employee. The increase in the compensation limits
will permit Tribunals to award higher amounts of compensation next
year for unfair dismissal."
The other increases that will come
into effect are:
currently Tribunals can award a
maximum of £250 per week for statutory purposes, such as unfair
dismissal, this will increase to £260 per week next year.
the minimum basic award for
certain automatically unfair dismissals, including trade union
membership, health and safety and public interest disclosure, will
increase from £3,400 to £3,500.
the limit on the amount of
guarantee payment payable to an employee in respect of any day
will rise from £17.00 to £17.30.