Business secretary Vince Cable launched plans this morning to cut the number of employment tribunal claims by requiring all of them to be lodged with Acas.

Business secretary Vince Cable launched plans this morning to cut the number of employment tribunal claims by requiring all of them to be lodged with Acas.

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 claims to Acas made sense, but w...

Jean-Yves Gilg
Editor
Solicitors Journal

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