Forms and Guidance

EARLY CONCILIATION IS COMING TO NORTHERN IRELAND FROM 27 JANUARY 2020

From 27 January 2020, most people who wish to lodge a claim with the Industrial or Fair Employment Tribunal will first have to notify the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) and discuss the option of Early Conciliation.  Potential claimants will not be able to proceed to tribunal without at least considering this option.

Where potential claimants either decide not to avail of Early Conciliation or if the process does not achieve a settlement, an Early Conciliation Certificate will be issued by the LRA. Claimants going on to present a claim to the tribunals must be able to provide the certificate number in order for their claim to proceed.

Tribunal claims usually have to be presented within three or six months of the alleged incident or behaviour, depending on the type of claim.  Early Conciliation allows time (up to a calendar month, with an additional two weeks if needed) for a settlement to be discussed without affecting the deadline for a Tribunal claim.  However, it is still important that potential claimants don’t delay in making the initial Early Conciliation notification to the LRA, otherwise they may find that a future claim cannot be accepted.

For more information about Early Conciliation, and exemptions that apply to it, contact the LRA’s Workplace Information Service on 03300 555 300 or click here (external link opens in a new window / tab).  

Please use ET1 (NI) revised April 2011 for claims where the matters you are complaining about occurred solely on or after 3 April 2011.

Please note that from the 27th January 2020 you will be required to use our new ET1 form which will be published shortly. The current ET3 form will continue to be used unless your claim has gone through the Early Conciliation process in which case respondents will be required to use a new ET3  form which will also be published shortly.

If you are completing your claim form using our online system please note that there will be a system change over on the 26th January 2020 when the current ET1 form will be replaced. If you have already started your claim form and have saved it, you will not be able to submit it through the system after the 26th January 2020 and you will have to start your application form afresh. You may wish to download the form and submit it electronically to mail@employmenttribunalsni.org.

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