Monday 31 March 2008

Important: Acas revises conciliation policy

Acas has announced an important change to its policy on conciliation.

Until October 2004, Acas had a duty to offer conciliation in nearly all tribunal claims. In October 2004, the Employment Act 2002 introduced fixed conciliation periods; this limited Acas's duty to conciliate to a fixed, limited period (after which it had a power to conciliate which, in accordance with parliament's intention, it only exercised in very limited circumstances).

Acas has now announced that, in the light of the government's intention to abolish fixed periods of conciliation, it will (from tomorrow) exercise its power to conciliate in all cases, irrespective of whether the fixed period for conciliation has expired.

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