The ACAS Early Conciliation scheme takes effect from 6 May 2014.
Under this scheme before an application can be made to an Employment Tribunal notification must be made to ACAS so that the Early Conciliation process can be followed.
When the application is made ACAS will contact the employee to gather further information and then a concliator will contact both the applicant and the employer to discuss whether the claim can be settled.
Follow the link below to the ACAS guidance and notification form:
The new process of Early Conciliation is intended to help resolve cases without the need to go to an Employment Tribunal.
Whilst this is a helpful process it will also mean that you need to prepare for the process by deciding what you want in order to settle your case if it is possible.
This means that you need a good idea of the claims you can make to tribunal and the potential compensation you could achieve. You might also want to consider seeking reinstatement or re-engagement with your employer.
Early Conciliation will last for up to one month after the notification is given to ACAS. This period can be extended by up to 14 days if the conciliator thinks a settlement can be achieved in this period and both the applicant and the employer consent.
Starting the Early Conciliation process can increase the time limit for submitting a claim so that you will normally always have at least one month after the end of Early Conciliation to put in a claim to an Employment Tribunal.
The Early Conciliation process is controlled by a set of rules of procedure: