With the government announcing that they have abolished the fees that were introduced in July 2013, having been deemed unlawful by the Supreme Court (read more here), we thought we’d provide a quick recap of the additional fees and charges that can be added to a late payment.
On top of the consolidated amount you can also claim interest at a rate of 8%, and this is calculated daily.
If your award relates to a discrimination complaint, then interest on the award starts 14 days after the date on which the judgment was sent to parties.
If the award is unpaid then interest begins to accrue from the day after the date on which the judgment was sent.
Interest in all other types of Employment Tribunal awards begins to accrue 42 days after the date on which the judgment was sent to parties.
If the payment is not made to settle the award, the next step to take is to to contact the defendant to find out why. If they are appealing the decision, they have 42 days in which to do so before the following will apply:
If the respondent still fails to pay you may be able to have a fine added to the payment by filling out this form
This form must be sent by email to ETPenalties@bis.gsi.gov.uk or sent to:
Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy ET Penalties Team
1st Floor,Spur 2
1 Victoria Street
The respondent will receive a warning notice giving them 28 days in which to pay the debt owed, after which they will receive a fine. This fine is a penalty of 50% of the outstanding amount. There is a minimum of £100 and a maximum of £5,000. This is in addition to the initial award and these amounts are not insignificant, so it is worth pursuing if the debtor hasn’t paid and you know they have the financial means to do so.
The table below highlights the fine structure giving examples of the new total that would be due.
Late payment penalty
New total due
£5,000 (maximum penalty)
The penalty amounts as charted in the table above are not insignificant and this on top of interest can really add up.
The next step to take if payment still hasn’t been received is enforcement. You’ll need to obtain a High Court writ of control. This can be done by following the process outlined here:
We’re happy to help with paperwork and claims and you can instruct us to enforce your award by filling in the correct form here:
David is an authorised High Court Enforcement Officer and our Director of Corporate Governance