Government publishes proposal to reduce the cost of workplace dispute resolution

30 November 2011
Government publishes proposal to reduce the cost of workplace dispute resolution

The government has published a set of proposals in response to the recent consultation on employment law red tape. The aim is to simplify and reduce the cost of resolving workplace disputes.

Proposals include:

 

  • Making mediation a standard part of the dispute resolution process;
  • Creating a standard text for compromise agreements to make them simpler and less costly for businesses to use and renaming them ‘settlement agreements’;
  • Amending s147 of the Equality Act 2010 to reassure employers that compromise agreements can be used safely;
  • Making it a requirement that all tribunal claims are first lodged with Acas for conciliation talks;
  • Streamlining the tribunal process and creating opportunities for small employment claims to be resolved without the intervention of a tribunal.


For more information, see the consultation document available from the BIS website. More information on managing conflict effectively is available on the HRBird website.


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