Penalties for Breaches of Employment Law

Louise Elster
17th Feb 2014

From 6 April 2014, employers who are found by an employment tribunal to have breached an employee’s employment rights will be liable to pay a financial penalty of up to 50% of the award the employment tribunal makes.

Employment law tribunal cases


The financial penalty in any case will be a minimum of £100 and a maximum of £5,000. A tribunal can only impose the financial penalty where there is an ‘aggravating feature’ involved. The legislation does not define aggravating features, but government guidance suggests that a financial penalty will be appropriate where unreasonable behaviour by the employer (which might include negligence or malice) led to the claim being made.


Just like a parking ticket, the employer is entitled to a 50% discount on the financial penalty if it is paid within 21 days.

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