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Employment Rates & Limits

This year, the increase in rates means that the maximum possible award for an ordinary unfair dismissal now exceeds £100,000 (this comprises of the maximum basic award and the maximum compensation award). However, in many cases employees’ will not satisfy the criteria to be awarded the maximum amount. This may be because they do not have the requisite length of service to receive the maximum basic award or because their annual gross pay may be less than the maximum compensation award.

Another significant change this year is the increase in the maximum penalty an Employment Tribunal can award.  Where an employer is found to have breached an employee’s rights and that breach has one or more aggravating features, an Employment Tribunal can order the employer to pay a financial penalty to the Secretary of State. In December 2018 as part of the Good Work Plan the government announced that it would increase the maximum penalty from £5,000 to £20,000; this change takes effect in April this year.  There have yet to be any reported cases on what amounts to ‘aggravating features’ however the following are likely to be considered to be aggravating features; deliberate breach, action committed with malice or where there are repeated breaches of the employee’s rights.

The new rates take effect where the ‘appropriate date’ for the cause of action (such as the date of termination in an unfair dismissal claim) falls on or after 6 April 2019. Where the appropriate date falls before 6 April, the old limits will still apply, irrespective of the date on which compensation is awarded.

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If you have any questions on employment law please contact Selene Holden (seleneholden@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717436), Greg Jones (gregjones@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717446) or Angharad Ellis Owen (aellisowen@greene-greene.com ~ 01284 717453).  

For more information on the services offered by Greene & Greene Solicitors please visit www.greene-greene.com and follow on Twitter @GreeneGreeneLaw.

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