Acas uses cookies to ensure we give you the best experience and to make the site simpler. Find out more about cookies.

Website URL : http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx/images/acas/helplineonline/media/pdf/3/j/media/pdf/e/m/index.aspx?articleid=5824

Conciliation Update: April 2016 - June 2016

Published 22 August 2016

Table 1: Early Conciliation (EC) Notifications by Track, April 2016 - June 2016

EC Notifications

April

May

June

Total

Employee Notifications

Fast

3,287

2,945

3,405

9,637

Standard

1,932

1,885

1,976

5,793

Open

1,849

1,736

1,866

5,451

No Track

280

350

413

1,043

All

7,348

6,916

7,660

21,924

 

Employer Notifications

Fast

48

147

37

232

Standard

176

273

186

635

Open

77

30

43

150

No Track

1

3

6

10

All

302

453

272

1,027

Total

 

7,650

7,369

7,932

22,951

Since the start of April 2016 Acas has received around 1,800 notifications per week. This is in line with volumes of notifications received throughout 2015-16.

Some of these EC notifications were made on behalf of groups of employees. Over 500 group notifications, covering more than 5,400 individuals, are included in the total of 22,951 notifications shown in Table 1. This means that the number of individuals covered by notifications was of the order of 28,000 in the first quarter of 2016-17.1

Note: Acas records indicative jurisdictions against cases received. Many cases involve multiple jurisdictions so 'track' is used to categorise cases by jurisdiction. Open Track cases contain at least one discrimination or disclosure type jurisdiction. Standard Track must contain Unfair Dismissal or a related jurisdiction. The remaining Fast Track cases mostly relate to monetary issues such as unpaid wages. In some cases Acas has not yet identified any relevant jurisdictions which is why a small minority are recorded as 'no track' cases. Cases are confined exclusively to one of the three tracks, because track is determined by the highest jurisdiction in the case.

Table 2: Conciliation Case Status, Cases Cleared April 2016 - June 2016

All Conciliation Case Outcomes Current Status, April 2016 - June 20162

April

May

June

Year to Date

 

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

No.

%

COT3 Settlement

1,302

18

1,502

20

1,318

18

4,122

18

Dispute has not Progressed to Tribunal Claim

4,688

64

4,794

63

5,248

70

14,730

65

Dispute Progressed to Tribunal Claim

1,376

19

1,323

17

964

13

3,663

16

Total

7,366

7,619

7,530

22,515

 For the 3,663 (16%) EC cases that link to subsequent tribunal cases, Acas continues to make its conciliation available, right up to the day of hearing if necessary, and so far 532 of these cases (15%) have been settled or withdrawn following Acas conciliation, as shown in Table 3. This figure will continue to rise until all of these cases reach their hearing date.

Table 3: Post-ET1 Conciliation Case Status, Cases Cleared April 2016 - June 2016 

Post-ET1 Conciliation Case Outcomes Current Status, April 2016 - June 2016

April

May

June

Year to Date

 

No.

No.

No.

No.

%

COT3 Settlement

289

174

69

532

15

Withdrawn following Acas intervention

55

33

10

98

3

Determined by Employment Tribunal

75

34

16

125

3

Dispute in progress

957

1,082

869

2,908

79

Total ET1 cases

1,376

1,323

964

3,663

 

The above table represents the outcomes to date of the EC cases in which potential claims cleared in the first quarter of 2016-17 led to Tribunal Proceedings. The number of corresponding ET1 cases may differ from these figures because some individual EC notifications link to multiple tribunal cases and sometimes several EC notifications will be represented within one tribunal case.

Notes:

  1. It is not possible to be absolutely precise about the number of individuals because some people submit more than one notification, usually either because they need to name more than one respondent or in an attempt to be precise about the respondent's name (legal identity).
  2. Whereas Table 1 sets out the total number of cases that were received per quarter, Tables 2 and 3 give the number of cases which reached an EC-stage outcome in that period - drawing in many cases which were received in previous quarters and excluding cases which have not yet reached an EC-stage outcome. So, although there will be considerable overlap in terms of the cases involved, the total number of cases differs.