The Presidents of the Employment Tribunals recently launched a consultation into increases in the Vento bands – the 3 tiers of compensation an employer could be required to pay if they lose a tribunal involving injury to an employee’s feelings.
The bands, which have not been formally adjusted for eight years, currently stand at:
· £600 to £6,000 for the least serious cases;
· £6,000 to £18,000 for middle-tier cases; and
· £18,000 to £30,000 for the most serious cases.
However, the consultation is discussing raising the bands in line with the retail price index to:
· £1,000 to £8,000 for the least serious cases;
· £8,000 to £25,000 for middle-tier cases; and
· £25,000 to £42,000 for the most serious cases.
This is felt to be long overdue. It is important that injury to feelings awards are set at a level that truly reflects the hurt and upset caused by discrimination, if nothing else, the consultation helps focus employers facing discrimination claims that they are at risk of being the subject of a significant injury to feelings award.
As an employer, feel free to have your say – consultation closes on 25th August.
Responses in England & Wales should be made by email to: Presidents_Office_Employment_E&W@hmcts.gsi.gov.uk