What is a statutory discrimination questionnaire?
Once employment tribunal proceedings have been started, does an employer have to go through Acas to make an offer to settle the case, or can it contact the claimant directly?
Is there a time limit for an individual to serve a statutory discrimination questionnaire on an employer?
Is there a time limit for answering a statutory discrimination questionnaire?
What kind of information can a complainant ask for in a statutory discrimination questionnaire?
What are the potential consequences if an employer does not respond to a statutory discrimination questionnaire?
Does an employer have to surrender confidential documents to an employment tribunal if so directed?
Can an employer request that other employees are not called to give evidence to an employment tribunal?
What does the phrase "without prejudice" on a letter mean?
An employer can deal directly with the claimant, either in person where the claimant is unrepresented or via his or her representative. The services of the Acas conciliation officer are free to both parties and it is up to the parties whether they choose to use Acas or negotiate directly.
Small employers that do not have HR resources or legal representation may find Acas useful in resolving the dispute. Further, if the claimant is unrepresented, the employer may find it easier to deal with him or her through Acas.
It is important that employers ensure that any settlement is binding and that the claimant will not be able to pursue the matter further. An agreement reached through Acas will be in "full and final settlement" of the claims brought against the employer. Alternatively, the employer could seek to settle the claim by way of a compromise agreement, ie by drafting the agreement and offering to pay, or make a contribution to, the employee’s legal expenses in taking advice on the settlement.
Does an employment tribunal have the power to strike out a weak case?
What can an employment judge do if he or she believes that a claim has little prospect of success?
What is the maximum amount of a deposit order?
Is there anything that an employer can do if it misses the deadline for submitting a response to an employment tribunal claim?
What are case management discussions?
What are pre-hearing reviews?
Who sits in judgment in employment tribunal hearings?
When can a tribunal claim be heard by an employment judge sitting alone?
Can an employer insist that an employment tribunal hearing remains confidential?
Must a person be authorised to represent a claimant at tribunal for reward?
How do witnesses give evidence at employment tribunal hearings?
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