Many employees and employers can feel lost when disputes arise between them. ‘How do I get things sorted?’ they ask. ’What are my rights?’ And ‘Is there anyone who can help me?’ Often parties feel that there is no option but to litigate and escalate the matter resulting in acrimony between the two.
In Luton Borough Council v Haque, the Employment Appeals Tribunal clarified the procedure that should be adopted when calculating the limitation date for issuing a claim following Acas Early Conciliation. Initiating the Acas Early Conciliation procedure In the vast majority of employment claims, claimants are obliged to initiate the Early Conciliation procedure before issuing a … Continued
Since May 2014, claimants have been required to complete the Acas early conciliation procedure before issuing an Employment Tribunal claim. The legislation dealing with early conciliation requires the prospective claimant to give their name and address, and the name and address of any prospective respondent to Acas. The rules could, in principle, be interpreted to … Continued
Peter Orton reports on the dramatic fall in claims following introduction of employment tribunal fees in July 2013. The introduction of employment tribunal fees has well and truly put the cat amongst the pigeons in the employment sector – creating a political storm to boot – as the various parties debate whether claimants have been priced out of the tribunal system.
The decision in Thomas v Nationwide Building Society  provides an interesting insight into how the Employment Tribunal is applying the early conciliation requirement in practice, particularly focusing on the interplay between rules 12 and 13 of the Employment Tribunal Rules of Procedure. Acas Early Conciliation Procedure Since 6 May 2014, early conciliation via ACAS … Continued
Acas will be launching its new early conciliation regime on 6 April 2014. This article looks at what the new service will involve and considers the effect it is likely to have on Employment Tribunal claims. Currently, Acas initiates conciliation between parties once a claimant has submitted a tribunal claim. However, as a part of … Continued