Here we look at the first 6 months of Conciliation with Acas.
Complaints to Acas can be made online, by post or telephone.
The complainant only has to tell Acas their name and address and that of the prospective respondent (normally the employer), no details of the complaint have to be given.
Employment Tribunals in Northern Ireland are still called Industrial Tribunals.
Workers and Freelancers have more limited circumstances to make a claim – we detail these below.
Type A claims (unlawful deductions from pay, notice pay, refusal to allow holiday pay and redundancy pay) cost £160 to lodge the claim and £230 for the Type B Claims (unfair dismissal, equal pay, failure to inform or consult under TUPE, failure to allow compensatory rest under the Working Time Regulations, breach of the right to request time off for training and discrimination) cost £250 to lodge the claim and a £950 hearing fee.
A fee ‘remission’ system operated for those who cannot afford these fees to ensure that access to justice was not reduced for individuals in receipt of certain benefits or who have a disposable monthly income below a certain level.
The higher courts and the Employment Appeal Tribunal usually have details published on the BAILII website.
However, there is an Employment Tribunals service which may be able to help you get the information you want if it is not available on the database. You are always advised to try to resolve your problem with your Employer before lodging a claim at ET.
While the claim is under conciliation this stops the ‘clock’ for claims to be submitted to a Tribunal in time; so the period of 3 months in which a Claimant must usually submit their claim to a Tribunal will be put on hold; and will start again once an Acas certificate is received.
See our Employers Guide to How to Deal with an Acas conciliation contact request.
If this is unsuccessful or if one party refuses, the claim can proceed to Tribunal (Acas will issue a ‘conciliation certificate’ to allow the claim to proceed to Tribunal).