Employment Claims – compulsory conciliation.
April 2014 sees further significant changes to the law on bringing employment claims, with the introduction of mandatory “Early Conciliation” for nearly all workplace disputes. From 6th April 2014 anyone wanting to make a claim to an Employment Tribunal must first contact ACAS. ACAS will try to resolve the dispute, contacting both sides. If settlement is not possible, ACAS must issue a certificate, and only then can a claim be presented to the Tribunal. This further change to employment law is stated to be a help to businesses, and comes less than a year after the introduction of fees being payable to start a Tribunal case.
The effect of the introduction of fees has been to dramatically reduce the number of claims. The compulsory conciliation process is predicted to further reduce the number of claims to the Tribunal.