07 February 2008
Extra funding announced for dispute resolution
Plans to simplify the employment disputes system will receive millions in funding over three years, the government has announced.
Some £37 million is aimed at bringing swift and desirable dispute outcomes and saving businesses and employees £175 million a year.
The scheme, part of measures included in the new Employment Bill currently before the House of Commons, will aim to preventing disputes going to employment tribunals unnecessarily, the government says.
The government has also recently announced new limits for unfair dismissal and redundancy payment.
Minister for employment relations Pat McFadden said: "Early action can often prevent the need for tribunals, bringing enormous benefits to business and employees.
"We want to move from the current overly rigid and legalistic process to one where there is more conciliation between employers and employees."
The £37 million will expand the helpline and advice services provided by employment relations organisation Acas, which will conduct pilot schemes over the next 12 months.