We blogged here that from 6 May 2014, it is compulsory for claimants to contact ACAS and attempt “early conciliation” before they can issue a claim in the Employment Tribunal.
If you are concerned about time limits (3 months less 1 day after the last act of discrimination, termination of employment or unpaid wages), Timelimits as we know them will change. The Early Conciliation process will extend the time available to a complainant to make his/her Tribunal claim.
The time limit will stop running the day after the complainant files the EC form with ACAS. The clock starts again when the EC certificate issued by ACAS to signal that the conciliation process has ended (for whatever reason) is received by the complainant.
Please contact us for advice if you are thinking of making an Employment Tribunal claim and you are unsure about the Early Conciliation process.