If you are intending to make an employment tribunal claim, you will need to get in touch with ACAS and submit an Early Conciliation Notification Form, which can be found here: ACAS Early Conciliation Notification Form. This is to notify them of your intention to issue a claim in the employment tribunal and to see whether they can assist you to explore settlement with your employer.
There are time limits to make an employment tribunal claim, usually of three months. The Tribunal are very strict about time limits so therefore you need to start ACAS Pre-Claim Conciliation as soon as possible.
Before you can issue a claim in the employment tribunal you will need a certificate from ACAS in order to submit your claim. If you lodge a claim without an ACAS certificate number the Tribunal will strike out your claim.
Once you have submitted your Early Conciliation Notification Form, ACAS will acknowledge this and an ACAS conciliator will be allocated to you. The ACAS conciliator will contact you to discuss your claim with you and assess whether you are willing to consider settlement. If you are, they will then contact your employer/former employer and see if they can engage them to enter into settlement discussions with ACAS to resolve the dispute.
Thomson Snell & Passmore’s employment team have a wealth of experience in acting for individuals and companies in bringing and defending claims. We believe that your best chance of persuading your employer to settle your claim in ACAS Pre-Claim Conciliation is to clearly set out the legal basis for your claim(s) and the evidence to support your claim(s). In our experience this is often not done properly giving the employer less reason to consider settlement.
For further information, please contact one of the team below.