Early Conciliation is on the rise, if you are contacted, make sure you seek the correct advice.
ACAS has recently published its latest statistics, showing a high demand for its Early Conciliation Service.
The increase, of more than 20 per cent when compared to last year, amounts to 132,711 enquiries and this rise looks set to continue.
The Early Conciliation process is a mandatory step for employees to commence prior to issuing their Employment Tribunal Claim - the purpose being to see whether a potential dispute can be settled between the parties before the employee issues a claim.
The report goes on to state that just over a quarter of Early Conciliation claims proceed to an Employment Tribunal claim, with the most popular issues brought via the Early Conciliation process being for unfair dismissal and outstanding wages.
If your business has been contacted by ACAS in relation to Early Conciliation or you have received notification of an Employment Tribunal claim, please contact our specialist Employment Team.
It is imperative you obtain appropriate and timely legal advice to consider whether to settle a potential claim or submit a defence within the strict deadlines.
Oliver Tasker is a Partner within the Employment team, and he can be contacted on 01522 515987 or email on firstname.lastname@example.org