Compensation rates

Unfair Dismissal: From 1st February 2013

Maximum award = £74,200

Basic award = £13,500

Discrimination: There is no maximum award

Breach of Contract:

  • Maximum that can be claimed via an Employment Tribunal = £25,000
  • There is no maximum if the claim is made via the High Court

Failure to provide a written statement of terms (a contract of employment):

  • 4 weeks pay

Statutory payment rates

Redundancy: From 1st February 2013

  • The maximum for a weeks pay = £450
  • Maximum statutory redundancy = £13,500

SSP (with effect from 6th April 2013)

  • Weekly rate = £86.70
  • Total SSP per year = 28 weeks (196 days)
  • Lower Earnings Limit (LEL) must be at or exceeding £109.00 per week to qualify

NMW (with effect from 1st October)

Year 21 and over 18 to 20 Under 18 Apprentice*
2012 (current rate) £6.19 £4.98 £3.68 £2.65
2013 (from 1 October) £6.31 £5.03 £3.72 £2.68

*This rate is for apprentices under 19 or those in their first year. If the apprentice is 19 or over and they are past their first year they get the rate that applies to their age.

Statutory maternity, paternity and adoption pay (with effect from 6th April 2013)

Type of payment or recovery Figures to use 2013-14
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) – weekly rate for first six weeks 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings
Statutory Maternity Pay (SMP) – weekly rate for remaining weeks £136.78 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Ordinary Statutory Paternity Pay (OSPP) and Additional Statutory Paternity Pay (ASPP) – weekly rate £136.78 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
Statutory Adoption Pay (SAP) – weekly rate £136.78 or 90% of the employee’s average weekly earnings, whichever is lower
SMP/OSPP/ASPP/SAP – proportion of your payments you can recover from HMRC 92% if your total Class 1 NICs (both employee and employer contributions) are above £45,000 for the previous tax year103% if your total Class 1 NICs for the previous tax year are £45,000 or lower