Early Conciliation is a service offered by ACAS to allow potential claimants and respondents in employment disputes to try to settle their dispute before employment tribunal proceedings are issued. A potential claimant must lodge a form (an “Early Conciliation Notification” form) with ACAS to start the process. Except in very limited circumstances, a claimant cannot commence Tribunal proceedings without doing this.
Lauren McLaughlin, a member of our Employment Team, has taken part in the testing of ACAS’s new and updated Early Conciliation Notification form, which is due to be released in Spring 2019. The testing included considering all aspects of the new form, the procedure, any perceived issues and its overall ease of use. The idea is to help make the Early Conciliation process easier for claimants and their representatives. The testing will soon finish, and we look forward to seeing the updated form going live.
If you are considering commencing proceedings or are in the process of Early Conciliation and would like advice and assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact our Employment Team.