Government reforms (2): ACAS early conciliation

early conciliation - alarm clock and gavelWhat do we already know?

On 6 April 2014, ACAS launched a free early conciliation (EC) service for employers and employees. EC became mandatory for most types of Tribunal claims on 6 May 2014 (see our previous updates on EC here).

What’s new?

ACAS has recently confirmed here that since the launch of EC around 1,000 individuals per week have contacted ACAS to discuss it – that’s around 4000 individuals so far. Of the total number of people who enquired about EC, 98% have opted to use the service and the first case was conciliated within 24 hours!