The limits on payments and awards made to workers in employment rights cases will rise from today (1 February 2006) in line with inflation.

The increased limits affect:

* statutory redundancy payments;

* the basic and compensatory awards for unfair dismissal;

* the limit on guarantee payment made when employees are not provided with work; and

* the minimum basic award for unfair dismissal in health and safety and certain other cases.

Copies of the new Order are now available from the Stationery Office. It is also accessible on the internet at: