Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

  • ACAS issues a code of practice on discipline and grievance which can be bound at http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/f/m/Acas-Code-of-Practice-1-on-disciplinary-and-grievance-procedures.pdf. They also provide guidance.

  • We recommend that you regularly review your current disciplinary procedures to ensure that they remain compliant with the ACAS code of practice and general best practice. Failure to observe the code may result in an uplift of up to 25% to any compensation awarded as a result of an Employment Tribunal claim.

  • The ACAS code of practice also deals with best practice in handling grievances. Again, it is important to regularly review your grievance procedures to ensure that they are compliant with the code and best practice so that grievances are fully and appropriately dealt with in such a way as to minimise potential claims arising from grievances.

  • Be aware also that some grievances must be dealt with in accordance with specific statutory requirements, such as grievances relating to equal pay claims or requests for flexible working practices.

  • We are able to assist with revising and implementing disciplinary and grievance procedures, including advising on points of principle, such as whether expired warnings can be taken into account, and in relation to specialist grievances, such as those described above.

Always take legal advice!

These comments are provided for guidance only. Each situation has to be examined on its own merits and circumstances and you should not, therefore, rely upon the above without taking specific legal advice in relation to any particular matter.

Specialist advice can be obtained from 
Alan Matthew in our Dundee Office (tel: 01382 200 000) or
from Emma Allan in our Perth Office (tel: 01738 637 311)

February 2013

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