Early Conciliation – the new rules

12 April 2017

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, 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. Early Conciliation is the key component of the Employment Act (NI) 2016 and when the new Regulations come into effect trade union representatives need to be aware of the impact regarding things such as internal processes, timescales and so on.


Labour Relations Agency, Gordon Street, Belfast, BT1 2LG

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