With the aim of reducing the number of disputes going to Employment Tribunal the government launches the Early Conciliation service on 6th April. From then, contacting ACAS will be obligatory prior to lodging a claim. A prospective Claimant will have to send an Early Conciliation form (“EC form”) to ACAS which will include the contact details of the Claimant and the Respondent but which doesn’t, necessarily, have to include any specific details about the possible claim. A claimant will not be able to proceed to tribunal without an EC Certificate, a form issued on receipt of notification to the Early Conciliation service, making the EC form a critical document.

In cases of workplace disputes such as unfair dismissal claims, equal pay and workplace discrimination can be resolved with the Early Conciliation service. For some many of the benefits from using the service include saving time, anxiety and cost of Employment Tribunal. Conciliators should be trained to understand the strengths and weaknesses of any dispute and will provide solutions and promises confidentially. To use Early Conciliation, ACAS must be informed by completing an online form. For further advice, contact Solve. to help with your questions.

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