Employment Review: January 2015 - ACAS Early Conciliation statistics published

Six months after the introduction of compulsory Early Conciliation, ACAS have released statistics to demonstrate how the changes which came into force in April 2014 have developed throughout the year. The statistics can be summarised as follows

  • since 6 April 2014, 37,404 cases have been referred for Early Conciliation. These were made up of 36,162 employee referrals and only 1,242 employer led referrals;
  • ACAS received approximately 1,000 new referrals per week in April 2014 when the scheme was first launched and this has increased to approximately 1,600 new referrals per week for the remainder of the year;
  • only 10% of employees and 10% of employers rejected the opportunity to use Early Conciliation to explore the possibility of settling a claim;
  • 18% of cases achieved settlement via an ACAS COT3 Agreement and, of the remainder, 58% did not progress to the Employment Tribunal (these may also include cases where the employee decided not to proceed after having spoken to an ACAS Conciliator or where settlement reached as a result of conciliation was dealt with informally between the employer and employee rather than via a COT3 Agreement);
  • 24% of Early Conciliation cases did progress to litigation.

This is only a summary of the law in force at the present time and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist advice should be sought from a member of Freeths Employment Team in relation to any queries.

The content of this page is a summary of the law in force at the date of publication and is not exhaustive, nor does it contain definitive advice. Specialist legal advice should be sought in relation to any queries that may arise.

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