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New stats show that Acas' Early Conciliation service has dealt with over 60,000 cases

Wednesday 04 March 2015

Workplace expert, Acas, has published its third quarter update on Early Conciliation which shows that the service dealt with 60,855 cases from 6 April until the end of December 2014.

Last year, the law changed so that anyone thinking of making an Employment Tribunal claim had to contact Acas first. Acas then tries to resolve the dispute quickly without the need for legal action through its free Early Conciliation service.

The statistics published today show that the service has continued its successful start and around 1,800 people contacted Acas per week between October to December 2014.

Acas Chief Executive, Anne Sharp, said:

"Early Conciliation has continued to maintain its strong start and has given us the chance to help more people resolve their disputes early.

"Our conciliation experts dealt with a record number of notifications over this period, we believe this increase is due to the impact of holiday pay overtime claims."

For the full update on Acas Early Conciliation and a breakdown of these statistics, please see: www.acas.org.uk/ECupdate.

For more information see Early Conciliation.

Notes to editors

  1. Acas has dealt with groups of holiday pay cases, which covered 11,000 people between the middle of August and the end of December 2014.
  2. Early Conciliation was launched on 6 April 2014. From 6 May 2014 anyone thinking of making an Employment Tribunal claim must contact Acas first. Acas then helps those involved to try to resolve the dispute quickly without the need for legal action through its new free service called Early Conciliation.
  3. An infographic, flowchart and YouTube video of Acas Conciliator Andrew Cowler explaining how Early Conciliation works is available at Early Conciliation.
  4. Acas stands for Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service. Acas provides free and impartial information and advice to employers and employees on all aspects of workplace relations and employment law. We support good relationships between employers and employees which underpin business success. We also provide good value, high quality training and tailored advice to employers. Our expertise is based on millions of contacts with employers and employees each year.  Acas is an independent and impartial statutory body governed by a Council made up of members from business, trade unions, academia and the law. For more information, see About us.
  5. For media enquiries please contact Senior Media and PR Manager, Shumon Ali-Rahman, on 0207 210 3688 / salirahman@acas.org.uk. For out of hours media enquiries please call the out of hours duty press officer on 020 7210 3600.