Posted on 12th April 2016 at 14:43
Pre-Tribunal applications now have to go to ACAS. Under this new system employers and employees can take dismissal cases to ACAS for a period of one month in order to attempt conciliation. If this conciliation is successful then the complaint will not go forward to an actual Employment Tribunal. In the event that the conciliation was unsuccessful ACAS would issue a certificate to the ex-employee applicant which would enable them to then formalise an application to the Employment Tribunal. Settlements at the conciliation stage would result in a binding agreement being signed by both parties. This recent initiative has dramatically reduced the number of actual employment tribunal claims and means that neither part would need to go to court.