Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures for Employees

In certain circumstances, employers and employees have to follow the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (the ACAS Code). The ACAS Code applies to circumstances where an employer disciplines or dismisses an employee, or where an employee raises a grievance with an employer.

Where there is a disagreement between an employer and an employee during employment, both the employer and the employee should ensure that, if appropriate, they comply with the ACAS Code when they try to address the disagreement.

If the ACAS Code applies, but is not complied with, Employment Tribunals have discretion to increase or reduce awards by up to 25%. In some cases, this could result in a substantial increase or reduction in compensation, particularly if a claim involves some element of discrimination or harassment.

It is important that employees are aware of the procedures that they need to follow and how to follow them. It is recommended that employees take legal advice. Our experienced team would be pleased to provide that advice.

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