Early conciliation

The early conciliation service launches on 6 April 2014. It means that anyone wishing to make an employment tribunal claim needs to contact Acas first. Acas will try and resolve the dispute. If a resolution cannot be found through early conciliation, Acas will provide an “early conciliation certificate” which is required to take the claim to the employment tribunal.


Early conciliation: employee’s failure to comply did not prevent claim going ahead

19 Nov 2014

In a case report from Blake Morgan, an employment tribunal found that an initial failure to follow the Acas early...

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Early conciliation

Early conciliation being used by 1,600 people per week

3 Sep 2014

Early conciliation is being used by around 1,600 people per week, according to statistics from Acas released today.
In its...

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Acas receives 1,000 early conciliation applications per week

6 May 2014

Acas says it has been contacted by around 4,000 people about early conciliation since it launched the service

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HR questions

Top 10 HR questions in April 2014

1 May 2014

Employers’ questions on the Acas early conciliation process, which was introduced on 6 April 2014, were the most popular FAQs...

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The early conciliation notification form

Early conciliation welcomed by two-thirds of HR professionals

14 Apr 2014

Two-thirds of HR professionals welcome last week’s introduction of early conciliation, the new Acas scheme that aims to resolve disputes...

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Early conciliation questions

Early conciliation: seven unanswered questions

14 Apr 2014

From 6 May 2014, potential claimants will not be able to lodge an employment tribunal claim without first notifying Acas...

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What is the role of mediation in the new early conciliation arrangements?

11 Apr 2014

Clarion’s John Robinson looks at how the introduction of Acas early conciliation may affect the employment tribunal process.
On 6...

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Five steps to early conciliation

Early conciliation: five initial steps for employers when Acas makes contact

10 Apr 2014

A fundamental difference for employers under the early conciliation regime is that they may first be alerted to a potential...

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Early conciliation and tribunal fees – the changing landscape for employment disputes

9 Apr 2014

From 6 May 2014, those seeking to bring an employment tribunal claim must first contact Acas so that an attempt at early conciliation can be made...

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April 2014 legal changes for employers

April 2014 employment law changes – a six-point checklist

24 Mar 2014

Every spring, along with warmer weather and lighter evenings, comes the latest instalment of legislative change for employers and 2014...

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Tribunal claims plummet after introduction of fees. Photo:REX/Andy Paradise

Tribunal claims plummet after introduction of fees

13 Mar 2014

The introduction of employment tribunal fees has led to a huge reduction in cases with only one tribunal claim in...

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Can early conciliation succeed where dispute resolution procedures failed?

12 Mar 2014

Consultant editor Darren Newman asks if the new early conciliation process can avoid the unforeseen litigation over the detail that...

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The new Acas early conciliation services launch on 6 April 2014

Early conciliation detail revealed

14 Feb 2014

Regulations outlining how early conciliation will work when launched in April 2014 have been published today by the Government.

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Tribunal fees

Will employment tribunal fees really cut the number of claims?

13 Dec 2013

Following the Government’s introduction of tribunal fees for employment tribunals, DAC Beachcroft’s Charlotte John asks whether they will dissuade people...

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Is it time to see conflict management as a strategic issue?

1 Oct 2013

Conflict is an inevitable feature of organisational life, but too often it is pushed down the business agenda. Ed Sweeney...

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