ACAS Early Conciliation Time Limit Example

The time limit to present claims in the Employment Tribunal are short.

In the vast majority of cases, you must complete an Early Acas Notification form within 3 months less 1-day from the act complained of.

Set out below is an explanation with examples of calculating the time limit for an unfair dismissal claim, where you must commence Early Acas Conciliation within 3 months less calendar day from the “effective day of termination” (when your employment ends).

For example, if your employment ended on the 02 February 2022, you must commence Early Acas Conciliation no later than the 01 May 2022 (the Tribunal time limit).

A prospective Claimant contacting ACAS for early conciliation (with more than one month to go before the Tribunal time limit) will ‘stop the clock’ on the tribunal time limit which will take effect from the day after the Claimant contacts ACAS, ending with the day that they receive a certificate from ACAS.  However, it is important to note that if a prospective Respondent contacts ACAS for early conciliation (which is unusual), the tribunal time limit will continue to run.

Where the prospective Claimant contacts ACAS with less than one month to go before the expiry of the Tribunal time limit, they will still have a whole month from the day they receive the certificate from ACAS in which to bring the claim.

The date Acas Conciliation is started is known as Day A.

The date Acas Conciliation ends is known as Day B (the dates for both Day A and Day B are set out in the certificate produced when Conciliation ends).

The Acas certificate also contains a reference number that is needed when presenting the claim to the Tribunal.

Example 1 – More than one month to limitation

21 March 2022 = effective date of termination (EDT)
20 June 2022 = Tribunal time limit
08 May 2022 = Day A
28 May 2022 = Day B (conciliation only lasted for 20 days in this example.
10 July 2022 = The deadline to present the claim to the Employment Tribunal.

In other words, you add the 20 days that was spent in Early Acas Conciliation onto the original tribunal time limit (20 June 2022 plus 20 days = 10 July 2022).

Example 2 – less than one month to limitation

21 March 2022 = EDT
20 June 2022 = Tribunal time limit
15 June 2022 = Day A
15 July 2022 = Day B
15 August 2022 = The deadline to present the claim to the Employment Tribunal.

Because Day A (15 June 2022) was less than 1-month away from the original Tribunal time limit (20 June 2022) you are given 1-calendar month from day B (15 July 2022) to present the claim (this takes us to the 15 August 2022).


Disclaimer:

This blog is for information purposes only. Nothing should be relied upon as a substitute for legal advice and nothing written should be construed as legal advice or perceived as creating a lawyer-client relationship.

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