Acas Early Conciliation - A free new service launching April 2014
Acas' Early Conciliation service will launch on 6 April 2014.
Anyone thinking about making an employment tribunal claim will need to contact Acas first. Acas will then offer Early Conciliation to try and resolve the dispute quickly and cost effectively.
At Acas, our advice is always that it is best for employers and employees to resolve disputes as early as possible.
However, if an issue can't be resolved in the workplace, then reaching a settlement through conciliation at the earliest opportunity is quicker, cheaper and less stressful for all concerned than a tribunal hearing.
View a recent article where Acas Chief executive, Anne Sharp, talks to People Management about the new service.
What will be the key benefits of Early Conciliation?
- Using Acas Early Conciliation could help you avoid going to an employment tribunal which can be costly, stressful and time-consuming.
- Our expert conciliators are impartial, professional and highly valued by the people that they help.
- We can help clarify the most up to date requirements of employment law
- The service is free.
What type of issues will Early Conciliation help resolve?
Early Conciliation will help resolve the majority of workplace disputes which may lead to an employment tribunal, including:
- unfair dismissal claims
- workplace discrimination
- redundancy payments or disputes around selection procedures
- deductions from wages or unpaid notice/holiday pay
- rights to time off or flexible working
- equal pay.
How will Early Conciliation work?
Once Acas receives a request for Early Conciliation we will phone the person making the claim within one working day. In that phone call we will clarify any details on the application form, gather basic information on the dispute itself and give them a fuller understanding of EC. Once this has been done the case will be passed on to a Conciliator who will aim to make contact with both parties within one working day of receiving the case. Find out more about conciliation and how it works from the Acas conciliation services Q&A.
Acas press releases relating to Early Conciliation
- Positive results from Acas research support the launch of Early Conciliation service
- Acas expertise crucial to success of Early Conciliation
How can we help you before April 2014?
Before Early Conciliation launches in 2014 we can still help you resolve employment disputes before you make an employment tribunal claim. This free service is called Pre Claim Conciliation (PCC). In 2012 we successfully helped over 13,000 employees and employers resolve their disputes through PCC.
To discuss with us whether PCC can help you please call the Acas Helpline on 08457 47 47 47.
Our highly skilled and impartial helpline advisers will discuss your employment matter in confidence and then arrange for one of our specially trained Pre Claim Conciliators to call you back within two working days.
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