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Conciliation Update: April 2016 - December 2016

Published Acas Management Information

Table 1: Early Conciliation (EC) Notifications by Track: Apr 2016 - Dec 2016

EC Notifications

Q1

Q2

Q3

Total

Employee Notifications

Fast

9,621

9,552

9,462

28,635

Standard

5,760

5,663

5,336

16,759

Open

5,427

5,747

5,218

16,392

No Track

1,034

1,328

1,650

4,012

All

21,842

22,290

21,666

65,798

 

 

Employer Notifications

Fast

234

247

763

1,244

Standard

636

540

749

1,925

Open

151

139

140

430

No Track

5

4

7

16

All

1,026

930

1,659

3,615

Total

 

22,868

23,220

23,325

69,413

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 1,470 group notifications, covering more than 15,300 individuals, are included in the total of 65,798 notifications shown in Table 1. This means that the number of individuals covered by notifications was of the order of 83,250 in 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 - December 2016

All Conciliation Case Outcomes Current Status: April 2016 - Dec 20162

Q1

Q2

Q3

Total

 

No.

%

No.

%

No

%

No.

%

COT3 Settlement

4,086

18

4,159

18

4,341

19

12,586

18

Dispute has not Progressed to Tribunal Claim

13,978

63

14,489

63

15,058

66

43,525

64

Dispute Progressed to Tribunal Claim

4,298

19

4,459

19

3,558

15

12,315

18

Total

22,362

23,107

22,957

68,426

For the 12,315 (18%) 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 4,506 of these cases (37%) 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 - Dec 2016

Post-ET1 Conciliation Case Outcomes Current Status: April 2016 - Dec 2016

Q1

Q2

Q3

Year to Date

 

No.

No.

No.

No.

%

COT3 Settlement

1,847

1,377

437

3,661

30

Withdrawn following Acas intervention

427

312

106

845

7

Determined by Employment Tribunal

730

416

122

1,268

10

Dispute in progress

1,294

2,354

2,893

6,541

53

Total ET1 cases

4,298

4,459

3,558

12,315

The above table represents the outcomes to date of the EC cases in which potential claims cleared in 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.