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UK government publishes response to consultation on proposed system of ACAS Early Conciliation

The UK government has published its response to the consultation on the proposed system of ACAS Early Conciliation, which is due to come into force on 6 April 2014. The aim of the new system is to provide parties with the opportunity to resolve their disputes via ACAS before a claim has been lodged with an employment tribunal.

The Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Act (ERRA) 2013, which received Royal Assent on 25 April 2013, contains provisions that will introduce a new system of compulsory ACAS ‘Early Conciliation’ (EC). The government has recently confirmed that it intends to implement the relevant provisions of the ERRA on 6 April 2014. In January 2013, the government commenced a consultation on proposals about how the EC process would operate in practice. The government has now published its response to the consultation, which sets out the final proposals for the new system.

The consultation sought views on what information should be included on the initial EC request form. In particular, views were sought on the proposal that prospective claimants should not be required to provide any information on the nature of their dispute on the EC form…

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