What do we already know?
The new Early Conciliation Rules of Procedure (EC) came into force on Sunday 6 April 2014. Any new requests for conciliation from that date will be treated as EC. However, the EC process will only be mandatory for claims presented to a Tribunal on or after 6 May 2014. For further details on the Procedure please see our March Newsletter Government Reforms (1): ACAS early conciliation.
ACAS has published a leaflet to help explain how the new early conciliation procedure will work and can help in claims. It also details how to make a request, how long EC lasts, the procedure following successful conciliation and what will happen should an agreement not be reached during the process.
The leaflet, ‘Early Conciliation explained’, is available here.