New Tribunal Penalties for Employers

Financial penalties are introduced for the first time for employers found by a Tribunal to have breached employment rights in an aggravated (i.e. malicious or reckless) way, where the claim is presented on or after 6 April 2014.

Any penalty will be payable to the Secretary of State, on top of any compensation due to the employee.

The starting point for determining the amount of any penalty the Tribunal decides to award is 50% of the compensation awarded, subject to a minimum penalty of £100 and maximum of £5,000, with a 50% reduction applying for early payment.


Deaf, hubby to Rachel, dad to Corey, Libby and Emily, Solicitor, Lecturer in Legal Practice at University of South Wales, PhD student at University of Leicester.

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