Employment tribunals and financial penalties – what you need to know
From 6 April 2014, employment tribunals will have the power to impose a financial penalty on an employer, in addition to making a compensatory award in favour of a claimant, where:
- the employer has lost the tribunal claim;
- the employer’s breach had ‘one or more aggravating features’; and
- the tribunal decides to exercise its discretion to impose the penalty.
The penalty must be 50% of the compensatory award, subject to a minimum of £100 and a maximum of £5000, and will be reduced by 50% if paid within 21 days. It is payable to the Secretary of State, not the employee.
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