UP-TO-DATE STATISTICS EFFECTIVE FROM 6 APRIL 2017
What can I expect?
Tribunal Awards – the annual increases in limits are:
A weeks pay £489.
Maximum basic compensatory award/statutory redundancy payment £14,670.
Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal £80,541 or 1 year’s salary whichever is the lesser. Please note Tribunal fees were abolished by the Supreme Court in a judgement given in July 2017 which also affects claims submitted and fees paid going back to July 2013.
- Type A Claims (includes but not limited to unpaid wages ,working hours) issue fee £160 hearing fee £230.
- Type B Claims (includes but not limited to unfair dismissal, discrimination) issue fee £250 hearing fee £950.
National Minimum Wage
April 2017 will also see the National Minimum and Living Wage increase, and the applicable hourly rates from April 2017 will be as follows:
- 25+ is £7.50 per hour.
- 21-24 is £7.05 per hour.
- 18-20 is £5.60 per hour.
- 16-17 is £4.05 per hour.
- Apprentices £3.50 per hour.
Pay for time off work
Statutory sick pay also increases in April to £89.35 per week, as does statutory maternity pay (and pay for adoption, paternity or shared paternity pay) to £140.98 per week.
Holidays – Full time employees are entitled to 5.6 weeks including statutory holidays.
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How to calculate redundancy pay?
|1.5 Weeks Pay||Each year of employment in which employee is aged 41 and above|
|1 Weeks Pay||Each year of employment in which employee is aged 22-40|
|0.5 Weeks Pay||Each year of employment in which employee is aged 21 and under|
|Maximum Weekly Pay||£489|
|Maximum number of years||Last 20 worked|
Increase in maximum awards and statutory payments
The maximum awards for unfair dismissal and the amount of a week’s pay for statutory purposes will increase where the effective date of termination falls on or after 6th April 2017. There is also an increase in the minimum basic award for specific unfair dismissals (including dismissals relating to trade union membership or activities, health and safety duties and acting as an employee representative). The increases are set out below:
|Compensation limit||Current figure||From 6th April 2017|
|Max. compensatory award for unfair dismissal||£78,335.00||£80,451|
|Max. limit on a week’s pay||£475.00||£489.00|
|Min. basic award for specific unfair dismissals||£5,807.00||£5,970|
Whilst the increases are minimal, and are expected each year, they serve as a reminder for employers that the consequences of “getting it wrong” when dealing with dismissals can be significant.