Essential points 

  • Employers and employees should try to resolve disputes in the workplace before resorting to an employment tribunal. 
  • Failure to comply with the Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures will be taken into account by a tribunal and may result in an uplift or decrease in compensation. 
  • Acas tries to achieve conciliated settlements both before and after a tribunal claim has been presented.  
  • For a tribunal claim to be accepted, it must be on an approved form (ET1) and have been through Acas’ early conciliation process. 
  • Most claimants seek compensation as a remedy although tribunals can also order re-instatement in certain circumstances.

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