The ACAS Arbitration Scheme is an alternative to employment tribunals for resolving unfair dismissal claims.
The scheme is intended to be confidential and hearings are held in private and should be informal, timely, cost efficient and "user friendly". The ACAS Arbitrator does not have to be legally qualified. There will be no direct cross examination and the parties are not compelled to produce witnesses or documents, although unreasonable failure to do so may be taken into account by the Arbitrator.
All parties must agree to waive the rights they would otherwise have regarding the claim and must accept the Arbitrator's findings.
Arbitrators apply EC law and the Human Rights Act, but not the full spectrum of legal tests, court rulings or legislation that employment tribunals might apply.
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