Financial penalties

Employment tribunals have the power to impose a financial penalty against employers that are found to have breached a worker's employment rights where there are “aggravating features” to the breach. The amount of the penalty will normally be 50% of the award, up to a maximum of £5,000.


How to deal with an employment tribunal

The employment tribunal is not something any employer particularly relishes. Omar Khalil provides some expert advice for HR professionals facing...

Single labour market body to enforce minimum wage and holiday rights

16 Jul 2019

The government has announced proposals for a single labour market enforcement body which will have powers to enforce minimum wage...

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Top 10 HR questions April 2019: Maximum compensation, holiday entitlement and positive action

2 May 2019

The annual increase to the limits on compensation that can be awarded in an...

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Injury to feelings tribunal compensation to increase

4 Apr 2019

Bands of compensation awarded by employment tribunals for injury to feelings in discrimination cases – Vento bands – will increase this month.

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Directors must pay £2m in landmark whistleblowing case

22 Oct 2018

Two individual directors have been held liable for the unfair sacking of a whistleblower for the first time, in a...

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Employment tribunal claims triple

13 Sep 2018

The total number of employment tribunal claims lodged with the Ministry of Justice tripled in the three months between April...

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Most employers back idea for stable contract requests

1 Jun 2018

Two-thirds of employers back the introduction of a right for agency workers and zero-hours contract workers to request a stable...

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Employment tribunal claims soar since abolition of fees

15 Dec 2017

There has been a two-thirds increase in the number of employment tribunal claims in the two months since fees were...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2017

13 Dec 2017

The last year has been a very significant one for employment case law. Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most...

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Government’s tribunal fees refund scheme now fully open

16 Nov 2017

The Government’s scheme for individuals to apply for tribunal fees refunds has been rolled out to all applicants, after a...

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Abolition of tribunal fees: Next steps for employers

21 Sep 2017

What does the Supreme Court decision declaring tribunal fees unlawful mean for employers on a practical level? Camille Renaudon, a...

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Unpaid tribunal awards: enforcement officers recover thousands

8 Feb 2017

Enforcement officers have recovered thousands of pounds from employers that have not coughed up after losing an employment tribunal, according...

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Employment law changes April 2016: an eight-point checklist

7 Mar 2016

Every April, new legislation affecting employment rights and responsibilities is introduced. This year, the development receiving the most attention is...

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New labour market enforcement director role announced

13 Jan 2016

The Government will create a new role of director of labour market enforcement as part of its push to tackle...

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Museum worker fairly dismissed for persistent lateness at work

4 Jan 2016

A museum was found to have fairly dismissed a worker during a crackdown on persistent lateness at work, after he...

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