Before individuals are able to start most types of employment tribunal claims, such as unfair dismissal and any form of discrimination, they must first make contact with the Advisory, Conciliation and Advisory Service, commonly known as ACAS.
The purpose of this is to see whether the dispute they have with their current or former employer – and sometimes their prospective employer – can be resolved with the help of ACAS without the individual starting formal employment tribunal proceedings.
This is a mandatory process (often called the EC procedure), which has been with us since April 2014 and which therefore must be followed by potential claimants.
There are strict time limits to bring any tribunal claim, and these time limits can be extended by the operation of this process. It is therefore essential that both individuals and businesses know what they need to do.
If you are an individual who is thinking about making a tribunal claim, or are a business which has been contacted by ACAS notifying you of the EC procedure, you will need advice without delay.
All our employment lawyers have vast experience of handling all types of employment tribunal proceedings, and are therefore able to advise both individuals and businesses on the EC procedures.
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