Acas - Early conciliation

Disgruntled employees must lodge their disputes with the Acas Early Conciliation service if they are considering taking a claim against their employer to an employment tribunal.

All complainants must notify Acas before they can proceed to tribunal. Under the conciliation scheme, Acas will contact the parties within two working days to offer conciliation services. The parties have up to one month to resolve the dispute with the aid of the Acas conciliator.

Acas considers that three quarters of all complaints are resolved via the conciliation service without recourse to the employment tribunal. Acas figures also show that cases heard under Pre Claim Conciliation — the forerunner of the new Early Conciliation scheme — cost just £475 and one working day compared to £3,700 and an average of four days for an employment tribunal.

Posted on 10/07/2015 by Ortolan

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