ACAS is preparing to launch a new early conciliation service which aims to resolve more employment disputes before they reach tribunals. The service will be available from 6 April 2014, and mandatory from 6 May. Before raising a tribunal claim, prospective claimants will need to submit an ‘early conciliation form’ to ACAS. Importantly, however, neither claimants nor respondents will be obliged to engage in the conciliation process.


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