ACAS Early Conciliation Procedure Extended – Amended Legislation

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On December 1 2020 the Procedure for ACAS Early Conciliation changed under the new amended legislation.


The Employment Tribunals (Constitution and Rules of Procedure) (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) (Amendment) Regulations 2020.


Under the early conciliation process, it is compulsory for claimants to notify ACAS before submitting a claim to the Employment Tribunal. The reasoning behind this ruling is to try and assist both parties achieve a settlement without the need to proceed to the Employment Tribunal.  The main change to the legislation is to the early conciliation period, which was previously one-month (with a possible 14-day extension), and is now a six-week period with no scope to extend.  This ruling does not fundamentally change the position of most claims, however may result in more cases reaching agreement/settlement without the need to pursue to Employment Tribunal reducing cost, time and resource.


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