The Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2012 (SI 468/2012) have been laid before Parliament.
They will implement a number of changes to the Employment Tribunal Rules announced by the government in November 2011.
- deposit orders to be made of up to £1,000 (instead of the current limit of £500);
- costs, expenses and preparation time orders to be made by the tribunal of up to £20,000 (instead of the current limit of £10,000);
- witness statements to be taken as read and stand as evidence in chief;
- parties to be ordered to pay the expenses incurred by a witness in attending a tribunal to give evidence;
- costs orders to be made where a witness attends to give oral evidence at a hearing; and
- an exception to the normal rule that copy documents should be sent by the tribunal to the EHRC, in certain proceedings under the Equality Act 2010 that involve national security issues, under the Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2012.
The changes will apply to claims issued on or after 6 April 2012.