Acas Early Conciliation - one year on

2015-07-15 Philip posted:

Almost half of claimants who have used the Acas early conciliation service in the year since it launched have avoided an employment tribunal, Acas has reported.

  • Acas has dealt with over 83,000 EC cases between April 2014 and March 2015.
  • Three out of four employees and employers agreed to try Early Conciliation in its first year of operation
  • Eight out of ten people who took part in Early Conciliation were satisfied with the service they received from Acas.

The law changed last year so that anyone thinking of making an Employment Tribunal claim has to notify Acas first. It appears to be working. New Acas statistics for Early Conciliation notifications received between April and December show that 63% did not proceed to a tribunal claim, a further 15% resulted in a formal settlement and 22% progressed to a tribunal claim. Acas is an independent government funded organisation which acts as a conciliator - or go-between where there is a dispute between employer and employee.

Once a notification is made to Acas, the legal time limit within which a claimant can bring a tribunal claim is extended by one month, giving the parties and their representatives time to discuss options and try to reach an agreement, although neither party has to accept the offer of conciliation.

More than eight out of ten participants were happy with the early conciliation service they received from Acas; 84% of claimants and 87% of employers would use the service again if they were involved in a similar situation in the future.

It is important to remember that Acas is independent and will not advise you on the strengths or weaknesses of someone's case. Nor will they advise what an appropriate settlement would be. As employment law specialists w will always focus on delivering the best outcome for you.

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