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Early Conciliation Rules For Workplace Disputes Set To Start

Claimants Must Notify Acas From 6 May 2014


David Shirt, Press Officer | 0161 838 3094

New employment rules designed to reduce the number of workplace disputes going to tribunal will be introduced on Tuesday 6 May 2014.

Introduced by the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, the early conciliation scheme will make it compulsory for employees wishing to lodge a tribunal claim to first notify ACAS. At this point both parties will be given the option of resolving the dispute through an ACAS conciliator.

Early conciliation has been available since April this year, but from 6 May the requirement to notify ACAS will be compulsory.

If either side does not wish to conciliate after the claimant has contacted ACAS about the complaint, ACAS will issue a conciliation certificate. The certificate will also be issued if no agreement can be reached after a month.

Without this certificate, a claim will not be accepted by a tribunal.

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