A further consultation has been launched by the government, regarding its proposals for ACAS to deal with requests for ‘early conciliation’ (EC) from prospective claimants. The consultation will close on 15 February 2013.
The government has been mindful to state that EC will not be compulsory as it is subject to both parties agreeing to engage in the process. However, once the Enterprise and Regulatory Reform Bill comes into force, employees will be obliged to make an initial EC request before being able to bring certain proceedings in the employment tribunal.
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