February 1st, 2011
The Employment Rights (Increase of Limits) Order 2010 (SI 2010/2926) increases the limits of certain employment tribunal awards and other amounts payable under employment legislation.

The maximum unfair dismissal compensatory award rises from £65,300 to £68,400 and the maximum amount of a week's pay for the purpose of calculating a statutory redundancy payment and the basic and additional awards for unfair dismissal increases from £380 to £400. The rise in the limits applies where the event that gives rise to the award or payment occurs on or after 1 February 2011. The Order can be viewed on the UK legislation website.

A full list of award limits is as follows:

Statutory Provision


February 2010

February 2011

Minimum Basic Award for unfair dismissal or selection for redundancy on grounds related to union membership or activities



Minimum compensation awarded for exclusion or expulsion from a trade union



Limit on daily amount of guarantee payment



Limit on amount of compensatory award for unfair dismissal



Maximum weekly amount paid from National Insurance Fund to pay contractual debts owed on the insolvency of the employer



Maximum weekly amount of a basic or additional award of compensation for unfair dismissal or redundancy payment



Award of unlawful inducement relating to union membership or activities, or to collective bargaining



Minimum basic award for unfair dismissal for participation in health and safety activities, exercise o frights under the Working Time Regulation, activities as a pension scheme trustee, activities as an employee representative in connection with redundancies or a transfer of undertakings



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