Legislative Upper Limits for ET Awards effective 6th April 2022?




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Employment Law updates April 2023

Statutory increases in pay effective April, 2023

  • Workers aged 23 & over qualify for the National Living Wage (NLW) = £10.42
  • Workers aged 21 – 22 = £10.18
  • Development rate for workers aged 18 – 20 = £7.49
  • Young workers rate for workers aged 16 – 17 = £5.28
  • Apprentices under 19 & in 1st year of apprenticeship = £5.28


The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2023 provides the increased upper limits effective 6th April 2023 which employment tribunals utilise.

Each year these limits are reviewed and updated in line with the retail prices index (RPI) & this year, there has been a 12.6% increase

Increases are stipulated below:-

• Statutory guarantee pay paid during a period of lay-offs/ short-time working by the employer increasing to £35 (maximum of 5 days in a 3 month period = £175)
• limit on a week’s pay for calculating redundancy and the unfair dismissal basic award increasing from £571 to £643
• increase to a week’s pay resulting in the maximum basic award for statutory redundancy payment and unfair dismissal from £16,320 to £19,290
• maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal increased to £105,707.  or a year’s pay, whichever is lower.

The new limits relating to dismissal compensation will apply for any dismissals where the effective date of termination is on, or after, the 6 April 2023.

Please note, any dismissals  arising prior to this date (up to an including 5th April, 2023) will have the previous compensation limits applied to any respective award.

There are unlimited compensation awards for discrimination, therefore, dismissals where discrimination applies under the Equality Act 2010 could lead to a higher financial awards.  It is important to note Unlimited compensatory awards also relate to Whistleblowing claims.

Given there is no financial barrier to employees or ex-employees wishing to make a tribunal claim, and the above figures shows that pay outs for claims are increasing.

The annual increase to tribunal awards, along with other economic factors such as reputational damage, and increases to the cost of living (which may encourage employees who would not have previously contemplated a claim, to do so), means it is crucial to attain expert advise and limit the risk of litigation where possible.

With regards to dismissals, this means they will need to ensure they have a fair reason to dismiss, are following a fair procedure and are acting reasonably in all the circumstances.

ELHR – Employment Lawyers & HR Consultants are able to expertly assess if your company is compliant – please call us now on 0116 326 1636.


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