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Employers pay over £83,000 under tribunal penalty regime

The penalty regime for unpaid employment tribunal awards came into force on 6 April 2016. Defaulting employers may be issued with a penalty notice requiring them to pay a financial penalty by a specified date.

It has been confirmed that since the introduction of the new regime the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) has issued 60 penalty notices and employers have paid more than £83,000.

A BEIS spokesperson said: “Failing to pay employment tribunal awards is unacceptable and the government is committed to tackling the issue. That is why last year we introduced penalties for employers who don’t pay claimants what they are owed.”