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