Regulations have been published on tribunal fees. Fee levels are unchanged following consultation, ie a £250 issue fee, and a £950 hearing fee, for most types of claim (including unfair dismissal, discrimination and whistleblowing). Unlawful deductions and statutory redundancy payments carry a lower fee (£160 issue; £230 hearing).

The BIS has confirmed that the changes to the whistleblowing laws, including the introduction of a public interest element but removing the requirement that the disclosure must be made in good faith, will come into force from 25 June 2013.

At the same time, the 2-year qualifying period for unfair dismissal where the main reason for dismissal is the employee`s political opinions or affiliations will be abolished.

However, commencement dates for the following key changes are yet to be announced:

  • Confidential termination negotiations (expected summer 2013)
  • New caps on the compensatory award (expected summer 2013)
  • Fees for bringing tribunal claims (expected summer 2013)
  • Employee shareholder status (expected 1 September 2013)
  • Changes to TUPE (expected October 2013)
  • Acas early conciliation (expected 2014)
  • Financial penalties for employers (expected 2014)
  • Changes to Equality Act (no indications known)