26 March, 2014
The process for dealing with Employment Tribunal claims is changing and acting now could save your organisation time and money further down the line.
From 6 April 2014 employees who wish to bring Employment Tribunal claims against their employer will first have to go through ACAS' Early Conciliation Service.
This means that the employee will contact ACAS and request Early Conciliation. ACAS will then telephone the employee to gather information about the dispute with the employer. ACAS will then aim to contact the person named on the form at the employer's business within one working day of receiving the case.
Previously as an employer, the first information you would have received would be an ET1 Claim Form from the Employment Tribunal indicating that an employee was pursuing a claim. At that point, many of you would have obtained legal advice relating to the claim. From 6 April the first step in the process will be receipt of a telephone call from ACAS to the employer about the potential claim. This may come as a surprise if you were not aware of a potential problem and you will be expected to respond to ACAS quickly with information about the dispute. The aim is to try and resolve the dispute before the matter proceeds to Tribunal.
What do Employers need to do?
This new process comes in on 6 April 2014. If you require any further information or would like assistance in providing briefings to your employees, please do not hesitate to contact Ruth Rule-Mullen on 01254 222302 or by email Ruth Rule-Mullen.