This briefing provides an overview to the introduction of Early Conciliation (EC). It looks at the background to the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) proposal; the proposed EC model; how it will work in practice and the key differences between the LRA and ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) models and some of the key legal challenges dealt with by GB Employment Tribunals and the Employment Appeal Tribunal over the interpretation of the EC requirements mandatory from 6 May 2014.
At the end of this briefing, participants will be able to:
• understand the LRA proposed model for EC and how it will operate in Northern Ireland
• understand what prospective claimants must do to comply
• understand how prospective respondents will become involved in the EC requirements
The Agency’s Workplace Information Service is available to employers, employees, trade unions and others. Workplace Information Service advisors provide information and advice on a wide range of employment matters. The Workplace Information Service is also an important contact point for identifying circumstances, or clients, who would benefit from being referred to other Agency services.
The Workplace Information Service provides clear, confidential, independent and impartial advice to assist the caller in resolving issues in the workplace.
While the advisors cannot provide a legal opinion they can help callers gain a better understanding of their rights and responsibilities as well as identifying possible options to help resolve their issues.