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Quarterly breakdown of group EC notifications

 Q1Q2Q3Q42014-2015
Employee2829041,9541,0434,183
Employer10359
Total2839041,9571,0484,192

Points to Note

  1. The figures in this table represent all notifications submitted as a group or notified individually and subsequently identified as relating to the same matter. Groups may not be immediately apparent and can be identified after notification which means that their numbers increase slightly over time.
  2. Some individual notifications arrive from multiple claimants concerning the same dispute with the same employer but do not satisfy the criteria necessary for them to be regarded as group notifications for Early Conciliation and are counted separately amongst the individual notifications. A "group" of notifications (which differs from a "multiple" as defined by the Employment Tribunal) can all be allocated to the same conciliator and are likely to be presented as a multiple tribunal claim if settlement is not achieved. Acas defines a group using the following criteria:
    • All potential claimants must have the main elements of the dispute in common.
    • All potential claimants must have given authority to a single individual (Trade Union rep, solicitor or elected member of the group) to represent them.
    • All notifications must have been received on the same date to preserve the time limits across all parties. (If not, the claims are not a "group" but a subsequent ET1 would likely be a multiple if the other criteria apply.)
  3. There are other areas where the EC notification requirements differ from those for Employment Tribunals. Individuals must make separate notifications for each respondent with whom there is a dispute. This differs from the ET1 (or PCC) approach in which more than one respondent can be cited on a single application (or referral).
  4. In addition, individuals may make more than one notification against the same respondent based on different variations of their name in the interests of providing the correct legal identity. If they go on to lodge a tribunal claim against them all they can do so on a single ET1.