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How will early conciliation changes affect you?

By Jo Hilliard 

From 6 April 2014, anyone wishing to take employment tribunal (ET) action must first contact the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) and consider conciliation. This article looks at the changes affecting claimants, employers and lawyers.

Early conciliation (EC) refers to the new scheme under which a prospective claimant will be obliged to contact Acas prior to presenting an ET claim in respect of relevant proceedings.

The statutory provisions relating to EC are contained in the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act 2013, section 7, which introduces new sections 18A and 18B into the Employment Tribunals Act 1996. The rules relating to the EC scheme are set out in the Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2014, SI 2014/254…

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