New ACAS early conciliation scheme

By Clare Cruise

From 6 April 2014, a new system of pre-claim conciliation will be in place for all employment tribunal claims. There will be a transitional (voluntary) period between 6 April 2014 and 5 May 2014 and the system will then be mandatory for all claims presented on or after 6 May 2014.

What action will a claimant have to take before submitting a claim? The claimant will need to notify ACAS of the following details: the claimant’s name, address, contact telephone number and e-mail address; the respondent’s name, address and telephone number; and details of the claimant’s employment (if any).

This can be done by post, by telephone or via an online form on the ACAS website. If the details are notified by telephone, ACAS will complete a form on the claimant’s behalf. If there is more than one respondent, a separate form will need to be completed for each respondent. At this stage, the claimant will not need to confirm whether they are interested in early conciliation or not…

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