Business secretary Vince Cable has launched plans to cut the number of employment tribunal claims by requiring them to be lodged with Acas in the hope of achieving early settlements.

Business secretary Vince Cable has launched plans to cut the number of employment tribunal claims by requiring them to be lodged with Acas in the hope of achieving early settlements.

Under the proposals Acas would have a duty, rather than a power, to provide pre-claim conciliation. Employment judges would be allowed to sit alone and 'legal officers' employed to help them with case management.

Measures outlined by Cable and already leaked to the press include an increase in the qualifying period for unfair dismissal claims from one year to two and introducing fees for tribunal hearings (see solicitorsjournal.com, 10 January 2011).

James Davies, joint head of employment at Lewis Silkin, said the idea of sending all claim...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Editor
Solicitors Journal

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