Tribunal process changes coming into force in March–April 2014
Proposed changes to the nature of the tribunal process come into effect during March and April 2014. The changes include:
Mandatory ACAS pre-claim conciliation: 6 April 2014 — the much-talked-about ACAS pre-claim conciliation launches on 6 April 2014, and from 6 May it will become mandatory for all employment tribunal claims, with very few exceptions, to go through ACAS conciliation before the claim can proceed. Claimants will have to provide ACAS with their name and address, along with that of the prospective respondent, either by telephone or by presenting a completed conciliation form to ACAS. ACAS will then make reasonable attempts to contact the parties in order to promote settlement for up to one month. If no settlement is reached, a certificate will be issued and the claim can be lodged at the tribunal as usual…
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