Acas Early Conciliation

On 6th April 2014 the Acas Early Conciliation service will be launched in Great Britain. Thereafter, any employee wishing to present a claim in the Employment Tribunal must first contact Acas. Acas will then attempt to resolve the dispute in a process called “Early Conciliation” prior to it going through the tribunal system.

Some of the benefits of the Early Conciliation service will be:

  • It will save the  time, cost and  anxiety of facing an Employment Tribunal
  • Conciliators will help you understand the strengths and weaknesses of your case, and ways of resolving it
  • It will give both parties up to a calendar month in which to initially explore resolving their dispute using the services of an Acas conciliator. This can be shorter, or up to 14 days longer if needed
  • It's confidential, unlike tribunal proceedings
  • It's voluntary, however both parties must agree to take part before the process can start, and either can change their mind at any time.
  • It's a professional and independent service
  • It's free of charge

Early Conciliation will help resolve the majority of workplace disputes including:

  • Redundancy process or payment disputes
  • Unfair dismissal
  • Equal pay
  • Workplace discrimination
  • Deductions from wages or unpaid notice/holiday pay
  • Rights to time off or flexible working

Acas have said: “At Acas, our advice is always that it is best for employers and employees to resolve disputes as early as possible. Reaching a settlement through conciliation at the earliest opportunity is quicker, cheaper and less stressful for all concerned than a tribunal hearing”

To discuss further, please call the Acas Helpline on 0300 123 1100

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