Acas early conciliation

A system of mandatory pre-claim conciliation that applies to most employment disputes (relevant proceedings), under which one of the parties must contact Acas ( www.practicallaw.com/5-200-3023) before a claim can be issued in the employment tribunal, unless one of the limited exceptions applies. Participation in early conciliation (EC) will extend the limitation date to bring a claim in the tribunal in most cases.

The EC procedure is set out in sections 18A ( www.practicallaw.com/7-562-7465) to 18C ( www.practicallaw.com/3-562-7467) of the Employment Tribunals Act 1996. The procedure is supported by the Employment Tribunals (Early Conciliation: Exemptions and Rules of Procedure) Regulations 2014 (SI 2014/254) ( www.practicallaw.com/8-558-0066) and by the Early Conciliation Procedure Rules which are set out in the Schedule ( www.practicallaw.com/6-558-0072) to the Regulations.

For more information on Acas early conciliation, see Practice note, Employment Tribunals (01): Acas conciliation ( www.practicallaw.com/7-523-6080) .

For a list of the claims to which the EC rules apply, and relevant statutory provisions, see Checklist, Acas early conciliation: relevant proceedings and extension of time limits ( www.practicallaw.com/4-560-8265) .

The EC procedure is summarised in Flowchart, The mandatory Acas early conciliation procedure ( www.practicallaw.com/5-562-6527) .

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