The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) is an organisation devoted to preventing and resolving employment disputes.
ACAS Early Conciliation is mandatory for most employment claims.
Prior to issuing an employment tribunal claim, a prospective 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 attempt to contact the prospective Claimant to take further details regarding their complaint and seek their permission to contact the Respondent Company to try and facilitate a resolution.
If ACAS concludes that settlement is not possible, it will issue an Early Conciliation (EC) Certificate to the Claimant which will then enable the Claimant to lodge Employment Tribunal Proceedings.
Employment Tribunal Proceedings
Employment Tribunal fees have now been abolished, meaning it is once again free for employees to bring an Employment Tribunal claim against their employer. Since the abolition of fees, claims in the Tribunals have increased substantially.
Inevitably, some disgruntled employees will bring vexatious claims against their employer to inconvenience them or else in order to secure a commercial settlement.
For further information about ACAS Early Conciliation or Employment Tribunal Proceedings, please contact us on 024 7623 1000.