Early Conciliation is available to employers who are dealing with a workplace dispute which could result in a claim being made to the Industrial or Fair Employment Tribunal. The employer's representative can also contact us to request Early Conciliation on the employer's behalf.
From 27 January 2020 anyone who wishes to lodge a claim with the Industrial or Fair Employment Tribunal must first notify the Labour Relations Agency and discuss the option of Early Conciliation. You will not be able to proceed to tribunal without at least considering this option.
We offer a free conciliation service to help parties involved in a workplace dispute to come to a legally binding resolution without needing to go through a tribunal. We offer both individual conciliation and collective conciliation, for example where an issue affects a number of employees.
From 27 January 2020 a change in NI employment law means that anyone wishing to lodge a claim with the Industrial or Fair Employment Tribunal will need to contact us first to discuss the option of 'Early Conciliation'. If agreement is not reached through Early Conciliation parties can still proceed to tribunal if they wish.
From 27 January 2020, following a change in NI employment law, the Labour Relations Agency will provide a new workplace dispute resolution service to employees, employers, and their representatives.
This Early Conciliation notification form can be printed and filled in by hand. Then it can be posted or hand delivered to our Belfast or Derry/L'Derry office - see addresses below. One of our Conciliation Officers will then be in touch, usually within five working days.
Following a change in employment law, the Labour Relations Agency will provide a new service to employees, employers, and their representatives.
This leaflet provides a guide to Early Conciliation. It explains how this free service is provided by the Labour Relations Agency as a means to resolve workplace disputes as an alternative to taking a claim to the Industrial or Fair Employment Tribunal.