The early conciliation requirement
The early conciliation requirement

The following Employment practice note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:

  • The early conciliation requirement
  • Overview of application and effect
  • Voluntary early conciliation
  • When the early conciliation requirement applies
  • Relevant proceedings
  • Requirement where prospective claimant has multiple claims against same respondent
  • Proceedings to which the early conciliation requirement does not apply
  • Exemptions
  • Prescribed information
  • Providing the prescribed information using the early conciliation form
  • More...

IP COMPLETION DAY: 11pm (GMT) on 31 December 2020 marks the end of the Brexit transition/implementation period entered into following the UK’s withdrawal from the EU. At this point in time (referred to in UK law as ‘IP completion day’), key transitional arrangements come to an end and significant changes begin to take effect across the UK’s legal regime. This document contains guidance on subjects impacted by these changes. Before continuing your research, see Practice Note: Brexit and IP completion day—implications for employment lawyers.

Coronavirus (COVID-19): All proceedings in employment tribunals in England, Wales and Scotland during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and until further notice are operating in accordance with the Presidential guidance and directions now issued, which profoundly affect normal practice. See Practice Note: Operation of employment tribunals during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic for full information.

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:

  1. allow Acas the opportunity to promote the settlement of employment-related disputes at an early stage, and

  2. 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

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