Previous Article Next Article Thelong-awaited alternative to employment tribunals will be launched this monthwhen the Acas arbitration scheme is put before parliament.The schemeaims to cut the number of cases going to tribunal by offering the option ofconfidential and binding arbitration. If approved, it will be operational byspring 2001 and carried out by 100 experienced arbitrators.Acasestimates one in seven unfair dismissal cases (about 1,000) could be dealt withoutside the tribunal system next year. At the moment, about 43 per cent of allclaims concern unfair dismissal. Acas will produce guidance for the scheme byMarch.The movehas been eagerly awaited by HR managers. Terry Mills, personneldirector-commercial of Dairy Crest, said, “Anything that speeds up the processhas to be good. Business can ill affordthe additional costs of tribunals inthe current climate.” The schemewill aim to reduce the amount of legal procedure. James Hoggart, personnelmanager at Reading Borough Council, said, “It is getting back to the originalprinciple of tribunals – a quick, straightforward resolution for disputes. Withall the lawyers involved, this became lost in the machinery.” The schemedoes commit those involved to reach agreement. Rita Donaghy, chair of Acas,told Personnel Today that applicants will have to sign a waiver agreeing theycan’t back out of it.The scheme,proposed in 1998, has been delayed because of legal concerns about itscompatibility with the Human Rights Act. DavidYeandle, deputy director of employment policy at Engineering Employer’sFederation, said it would be “a useful experiment” but thinks firms shoulddevelop procedures in-house that prevent the need for arbitration.By MikeBroad Arbitration plan set to cut tribunals cases…On 5 Dec 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Comments are closed.