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Government publishes response to consultation on dispute resolution

Government publishes response to consultation on dispute resolution

The Government has published a response to the consultation document, ‘Resolving disputes in the workplace’, containing measures aimed at simplifying the dispute resolution process in light of the recommendations of the Gibbons Review. The response sets out the changes that will be made by the Employment Bill, which vary little from the original proposals, as well as a few matters for further consultation.

The document explains the Government’s reasoning behind changes such as the abolition of the statutory dispute resolution procedures, the introduction of a revised Acas code, and the corresponding tribunal power to increase or decrease awards by up to 25 % to reflect a respondent’s or claimant’s unreasonable non-compliance with the code. It also contains details of the proposed new ‘fast track’ procedure for straightforward monetary claims, which will allow holiday pay, national minimum wage, breach of contract, redundancy pay and unlawful deductions from wages claims to be determined without a hearing in certain circumstances. Proposals about how this new procedure will operate will be put out for further consultation.

There will also be consultation on the introduction of new ET1 forms for commencing proceedings in the employment tribunal, with a view to producing a simplified version of the form. However, the Government has decided that there is no need for changes to the rules on time limits for bringing tribunal claims, nor to the rules governing the circumstances in which the time limits can be extended.

The response can be viewed at:
http://www.berr.gov.uk/files/file46233.pdf

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