Early Conciliation via ACAS
What does this mean for you?
Prior to issuing an employment tribunal claim, a potential Claimant will need to complete an Early Conciliation form lodging details of their potential dispute with ACAS. An ACAS Early Conciliation Support Officer (ESCO) with then make a ‘reasonable attempt’ to contact the prospective Claimant to take further details regarding their complaint and seek their permission to contact the Respondent Company.
If ACAS is unable to contact either party for the purposes of conciliation, or permission is not given by the Claimant to contact the Respondent Company, ACAS will conclude that settlement is not possible. ACAS will then issue an Early Conciliation (EC) Certificate to the Claimant which will then enable the Claimant to lodge Employment Tribunal Proceedings.
For further information about Early Conciliation, advice in relation to a COT3, Settlement Agreement or Employment Tribunal Proceedings, please call Lianne Payne, Head of Employment on 024 7623 1000.