The new Acas arbitration scheme, which is designed to provide a fast and confidential disputes resolution process, is launched today.
Acas 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.
Arbitration hearings will be held at locations convenient to both parties, either at an Acas office, or at the employer or trade union’s premises.
The 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.
Hearings will be informal and confidential and will usually be competed in a day.
The parties receive the arbitrator’s award via Acas normally within three weeks of the hearing.
A full guide to the scheme can be found at http://www.acas.org.uk/arbitration_guide.pdf