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

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

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