Policy News Journal - 2014-15

New statistics show that the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) Early Conciliation service dealt with over 60,000 cases from April to December 2014.

Workplace expert, Acas, has published its third quarter update on Early Conciliation which shows that the service dealt with 60,855 cases from 6 April until the end of December 2014.

Last year, the law changed so that anyone thinking of making an Employment Tribunal claim had to contact Acas first. Acas then tries to resolve the dispute quickly without the need for legal action through its free Early Conciliation service.

The statistics published show that the service has continued its successful start and around 1,800 people contacted Acas per week between October to December 2014.

Acas Chief Executive, Anne Sharp, said:

"Early Conciliation has continued to maintain its strong start and has given us the chance to help more people resolve their disputes early.

Our conciliation experts dealt with a record number of notifications over this period, we believe this increase is due to the impact of holiday pay overtime claims."

Follow this link for further details on Early Conciliation .

Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

18 March 2015

Acas has published a revision to its Discipline and Grievance Code of Practice. The minor amendments made to it relate to the sections around accompanying work colleagues to disciplinary or grievance meetings.

The revised Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures has now come into force.

A judgment made by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) clarified the rules around reasonable requests to be accompanied at a grievance or disciplinary hearing. It found that workers had the right to be accompanied at these hearings by any companion as long as they were either a trade union official, certified union representative or a fellow worker. Acas launched a public consultation on the revisions made to the right of accompaniment sections in its disciplinary and grievance Code following the EAT's judgment. A revised draft of the Code was published by Acas in January following the consultation and it has now received parliamentary approval.

Anne Sharp, Acas Chief Executive, said:

"Our Code is designed to help employers, employees and their representatives deal with disciplinary and grievance situations in the workplace. It has been updated to take account of the EAT decision in the case of Toal v GB Oils on the right of accompaniment at disciplinary and grievance hearings. Parliament has now approved the draft revisions made to the Code that we published earlier this year.”

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