conciliation period
A defined period following the issuing of an employment tribunal claim during which the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service has a duty to conciliate. In straightforward cases, such as breach of contract, unlawful deduction from wages, failure to pay a redundancy payment, the conciliation period is seven weeks (short conciliation period). In all other proceedings (such as unfair dismissal and constructive dismissal) there is a conciliation period of 13 weeks (standard conciliation period). In the case of discrimination claims (except for part-time workers and fixed-term employees), there is no fixed period for conciliation. During the conciliation period, the hearing will not be fixed, although pre-hearing reviews and case management discussions may take place during this time.
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