Enforcement of ET Awards

19 April 2016

From April 2016, Tribunal Enforcement Officers have the power to impose a financial penalty against any employer who fails to pay sums set by an Employment Tribunal including costs, awards, fees and ACAS conciliated settlements.

Research carried out in 2013 showed that less than half of tribunal claimants who had been awarded compensation received the full award from the employer.

The penalty is based on 50% of the total sum owed with a minimum of £100 and maximum of £5,000 payable – this goes straight to the governments’ purse.  There will be a 50% discount on the penalty if the employer pays the full amount due to the employee and the penalty to the government within 14 days