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Next month sees the introduction of early conciliation for tribunal claims.

Early conciliation will be available from 6 April and will be compulsory for tribunal claims lodged on or after 6 May.

Under the changes, employees will usually only be able to bring an employment tribunal claim if they have first referred the issue to ACAS.

It marks a change from the default option of simply suing your employer.

Many employment lawyers remain skeptical as to whether or not compulsory conciliation will be a success or whether the parties will simply go through the motions. In particular while it may be compulsory to contact ACAS before lodging a claim, there is no means of actually forcing the parties to engage in conciliation.

Sarah Rushton (

Tel: 0207 539 4147

This is intended for general information only and should not be considered as giving advice in relation to any individual case nor be taken as applying to any particular case. No liability is accepted for any such use of the information.


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