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The early conciliation (EC) requirement (also known as mandatory Acas early conciliation) is an obligation on a prospective claimant to contact Acas with certain information prior to submitting a claim in the employment tribunal.
The EC requirement was introduced to:
allow Acas the opportunity to promote the settlement of employment-related disputes at an early stage, and
reduce the need for claims to be brought in the employment tribunal
Acas conciliation involves an independent Acas conciliation officer (also known as a conciliator) discussing the issues in dispute with both parties in order to help them reach a better understanding of each other's position. The conciliation officer encourages the parties in dispute to reach an agreement between themselves in order to avoid the need for a tribunal hearing to resolve the matter.
For further information on Acas conciliation generally, see Practice Note: Acas conciliation.
Prospective claimants must comply with the EC requirement for most employment tribunal claims (submitted on or after 6 May 2014).
The early conciliation requirement: relevant proceedings and extension
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