In disputes about unfair dismissal, as a first step, we try to resolve them in a quick and informal way. We do this in a conciliation discussion, which is voluntary.
Commission staff help the employee and employer discuss the issues and agree on an outcome. Around three quarters of cases settle at or before conciliation. Complete our online learning module to learn more about the conciliation process. See Preparing for an unfair dismissal conciliation .
What is conciliation?
An informal conciliation is the first step to try and avoid a formal hearing.
Tips to prepare for conciliation
Use our tips to prepare before you take part.
What happens in a conciliation meeting
A conciliator helps you discuss issues and try and reach an agreement.
Options at conciliation for unfair dismissal
A settlement can be whatever the parties agree to in conciliation.
The role of the independent conciliator
The conciliator helps both sides discuss the issues and resolve them.
Ask to change or delay a conciliation
To be fair to both sides, you need a good reason to ask for a change.