Tribunal awards

09 July 2019

Tribunal awards will vary dependent on the issue suffered by the employee and the impact that this is deemed to have on them by the tribunal. Some tribunal claims have compensation award limits so that the amount awarded will not go over a certain level. However, other claims, such as discrimination, have uncapped awards. Awards may be composed of more than one part, for example, where an employment tribunal decides that an employee has been unfairly dismissed, it must award a basic award and may also award a compensatory award. With effect from April 2018, the limits applying to certain awards of employment tribunals and other amounts payable under employment legislation in Great Britain increased as follows:

Employment right Maximum award
Unfair dismissal Basic award Compensatory award Additional award Total maximum award   £15,240 £83,682 £13,208 – £26,416 (i.e. 26-52 weeks’ pay) £98,922
Redundancy pay £15,240
Discrimination No limit
Dismissal for union/employee representative or pension trustee reasons Basic award Compensatory award     £15,240 £83,682
Dismissal for health and safety reasons Basic award Compensatory award   £15,240 No limit
Dismissal for making a protected disclosure Basic award Compensatory award     £15,240 No limit
Guarantee pay £28 a day (maximum 1 working week in any period of 3 months)
Contract claims in a tribunal £25,000
Limits on a week’s pay = £525 (where applicable)  

Points a Tribunal will Consider

  • Have they got a job?
  • If not, when are they likely to get a job?
  • How marketable are they in the current climate?
  • Discrimination - no ceiling on the compensation plus an added element for injury to feelings

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