Employment Tribunal fees refunds go live
by Nick Humphreys & Alex Brooks
Following July’s Supreme Court decision that Employment Tribunal fees (which had been in place since 2013) are unlawful and must be repaid (see our previous article on that decision and its effects here), the Ministry of Justice (“MoJ”) has today announced its fees refund scheme.
Under the first stage of the scheme, a small proportion of individuals that have previously paid Employment Tribunal fees (the selection of whom seems to be random) will now be contacted by the MoJ and allowed to complete refund applications, before the full refund scheme is opened up in the coming weeks to all individuals that have previously paid Employment Tribunal fees. In addition to receiving repayment of all fees paid, successful applicants shall receive interest on those sums at 0.5%, from the date on which each fee was paid until the date that the refund is paid to them.
Even if you are not selected to take part in the first-stage refund process, you can now pre-register to apply for a refund when the full scheme is rolled out by contacting the MoJ at firstname.lastname@example.org.
It remains unclear exactly what the application process will involve, but it is heartening to see that a system is now being put in place to enable individuals that have paid Employment Tribunal fees to claim back the sums that they paid in bringing their claims.