Acas Early Conciliation - A free new service launches in April

14 February 2014

From 6 April, anyone intending to make an employment tribunal claim must contact Acas first.

The Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) have been published, confirming that Early Conciliation will come into force on 6th April 2014.This is an important change and Acas can help to resolve disputes quickly, saving the time, cost and stress of going to a tribunal.

What will be the key benefits of Early Conciliation?

  • Using Acas Early Conciliation could help you avoid going to an employment tribunal which can be costly, stressful and time-consuming
  • Acas has expert conciliators who are impartial, professional and highly valued by the people that they help
  • They can help clarify the most up to date requirements of employment law
  • The service is free.

What type of issues will Early Conciliation help resolve?

Early Conciliation will help resolve the majority of workplace disputes which may lead to an employment tribunal, including:

  • unfair dismissal claims
  • workplace discrimination
  • redundancy payments or disputes around selection procedures
  • deductions from wages or unpaid notice/holiday pay
  • rights to time off or flexible working
  • equal pay.

How will Early Conciliation work?

Once Acas receives a request for Early Conciliation they will phone the person making the claim within one working day. In that phone call they will clarify any details on the application form, gather basic information on the dispute itself and give them a fuller understanding of EC. Once this has been done 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.

Further information on Early Conciliation is available on the Acas website.

If you need help before April 2014

Before Early Conciliation launches in 2014 Acas can still help you resolve employment disputes before you make an employment tribunal claim. This free service is called Pre Claim Conciliation (PCC). In 2012 they successfully helped over 13,000 employees and employers resolve their disputes through PCC.

Find out whether PCC can help by calling the Acas Helpline on 08457 47 47 47.