Interest in the employment tribunal
Interest in the employment tribunal

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • Interest in the employment tribunal
  • Interest up to date of monetary award
  • Interest after date of monetary award
  • Sums that may be subject to recoupment

Interest in the employment tribunal

Coronavirus (COVID-19): All proceedings in employment tribunals in England, Wales and Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice are operating in accordance with the Presidential guidance and directions now issued, which profoundly affect normal practice. See Practice Note: Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for full information.

This Practice Note explains the circumstances in which an employment tribunal may award interest.

Interest up to date of monetary award

Unlike the High Court and County Court, employment tribunals do not generally have the power to award interest on a party's losses, however long the period from the date the party suffered the loss to the date of any monetary award. The exceptions to this rule are:

  1. discrimination and other prohibited conduct claims under the Equality Act 2010 (EqA 2010) (see Practice Note: Prohibited conduct claims: assessing compensation—Interest)

  2. equality of terms claims under the Equality Act 2010 (see Practice Note: Equal pay claims—jusrisdiction, remedies and interest—Interest)

A tribunal making an award in a prohibited conduct or equality of terms (equal pay) case is obliged to consider awarding interest, whether or not any party raises the issue, but is not obliged to award interest. In practice, tribunals tend to award interest in such cases, especially where there has been any significant delay between the events in

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