New dispute resolution service to be launched

by Christopher Evans

The Advisory Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) has unveiled plans to launch a new fast-track system that can be used to resolve employment disputes before they reach the tribunal stage.

Acas is planning to start the service on April 6th and hopes to be able to resolve 20,000 cases a year through it, the Financial Times reports.

The body is seeking to do this at a time when its caseload has risen 29 per cent in the 12 months to February 2009 as redundancies have risen, with the government providing funding to help it raise its number of advisors from 95 to 150.

Employers running a business may wish to take legal advice on how they may be able to deal with such issues without facing employment tribunals or other action.

Redundancies have continued to occur recently, with last week seeing Anson Packaging announcing the loss of jobs at its plant in Wrexham, which is to close.

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Published on: March 30, 2009

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