new Acas arbitration scheme, which is designed to provide a fast and
confidential disputes resolution process, is launched today.
chairwoman, Rita Donaghy, told Personnel Today that the new scheme will deal
with 1,000 unfair dismissal cases in its first year and will lift some of the
burden from employment tribunals.
hearings will be held at locations convenient to both parties, either at an
Acas office, or at the employer or trade union’s premises.
parties will have to send a copy of their respective case, any supporting
documents and a list of who will be attending to the Acas arbitration section
at least two weeks before the hearing.
will be informal and confidential and will usually be competed in a day.
parties receive the arbitrator’s award via Acas normally within three weeks of
full guide to the scheme can be found at http://www.acas.org.uk/arbitration_guide.pdf