Compensatory Awards


The following provides useful information on the current rates and limits of tribunal awards:

Failure to give written statement of particulars (commonly known as a contract of employment)

£950 - £1900 (2 - 4 weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)

Limit on a week’s pay for calculating redundancy and unfair dismissal basic award


Maximum basic award for unfair dismissal and statutory redundancy payment (30 weeks' pay subject to the limit on week's pay)


Minimum basic award for unfair dismissal on trade union, health and safety, occupational pension scheme trustee, employee representative and on working time grounds only.


Maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal (this is unlimited for certain automatically unfair dismissals, for example health and safety or whistleblowing)


Additional award for failure to comply with reinstatement or re-engagement order.

£12,350 - £24,700 (26- 52 weeks’ pay maximum)

Limit on guarantee payments (e.g. in relation to lay-off clauses)

£26 a day (maximum £130, being five days in any three month period.)

Minimum compensation for employees excluded/expelled from trade union


Redundancy - failure to conduct collective consultation  (protective award)

90 days' gross pay (maximum)

TUPE - failure to consult

13 weeks' gross pay (maximum)

Failure to allow right to be accompanied correctly

£950 (two weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)

Breach of flexible working regulations

£3,800 (eight weeks’ pay capped at the statutory amount)

Contract claims (If a claim for breach of contract (wrongful dismissal) is brought in an employment tribunal the most the tribunal can currently award is £25,000. If the claim is for more than £25,000, it can be made in the county court or high court).



Employment tribunals can now levy a financial penalty on employers found to have breached an employee’s employment rights


up to a maximum of £5,000


The maximum civil penalty for illegally employing an immigrant



Discrimination claim under the Equality Act 2010



(*or one year's gross pay, if lower.)


Note:  data courtesy of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development



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