Please explain what is meant by “not directed to pay costs” in a Labour Court decision. Do the courts have jurisdiction to award costs against parties in employment cases? How does it work?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A ROI on 5 January 2011 Issues covered:
|Depending on the exact piece of employment legislation, the Labour Court, Rights Commissioner, Employment Appeals Tribunal or Equality Tribunal has a very limited power to award costs (generally only where the claim is brought in a frivolous or vexatious manner) and this is rarely seen in practice. |
Even where costs are awarded they are generally confined to reasonable travelling or other expenses associated with the hearing rather than legal costs or other costs for representation at a hearing. Each party is responsible for bearing their own costs unless the matter is brought before a civil court which has the power to award costs. Most employment related matters are brought before a
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