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
  • Claims based on foreign law
  • Requirement where prospective claimant has multiple claims against same respondent
  • Proceedings to which the early conciliation requirement does not apply
  • Exemptions
  • Prescribed information
  • More...

The early conciliation requirement

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 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).

See also:

  1. The early conciliation requirement: relevant

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