Acas’ Early Conciliation service will launch on 6 April 2014. This is a free service for all.
Anyone (i.e. employees) thinking about making an employment tribunal claim will need to contact Acas first. Acas will then offer Early Conciliation to try and resolve the dispute quickly and cost effectively.
The key benefit of this service is that it really could help you avoid going to an employment tribunal, which can be costly, stressful and time-consuming.
Early Conciliation will help resolve the majority of workplace disputes which may lead to an employment tribunal, including:
- unfair dismissal claims
- discrimination claims
- redundancy payments or disputes around selection procedures
- deductions from wages or unpaid notice/holiday pay
- rights to time off or flexible working
Once Acas receives a request for Early Conciliation they will phone the person making the claim within one working day. Then the case will be passed on to a Conciliator who will aim to make contact with both parties within one working day of receiving the case.