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Acas publishes workplace disputes consultation response

Acas has published its response to the Government's consultation document on resolving workplace disputes, in which it welcomed the Government's proposal for all potential employment tribunal claims to be offered early conciliation with Acas first. According to the Acas Council, this will allow Acas to further expand the use of its successful Pre-Claim Conciliation (PCC) service.


Acas Chair Ed Sweeney said:


"Acas Pre-Claim Conciliation is a highly effective way of resolving disputes before they reach an employment tribunal and offers substantial savings for employers, employees, and the taxpayer. It is quicker, cheaper, and less stressful, and if we can offer early conciliation in more cases we can multiply the benefits of this very successful service."


Whilst the Government proposes to offer early conciliation for individual disputes, it has asked to be convinced that it will be equally effective for multiple claims.


Mr Sweeney added:


"Excluding multiple claims from early conciliation would be a false economy. They are potentially the most costly of all cases for the parties and the taxpayer if they go the distance whilst even registering the claims involved can place a high administrative burden on the Tribunals. There is no evidence that PCC is less effective for multiple claimant cases - in fact it has actively resolved 69 per cent of them since it started in April 2009".


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