Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures for Employers

The ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (the ACAS Code) applies to circumstances where an employer disciplines or dismisses an employee or where an employee raises grievances with an employer. Employers should have in place an up to date disciplinary and grievance procedure and it should be readily accessible to employees.

Where there is a dispute arising during employment, both the employer and the employee should ensure that, if appropriate, they comply with the ACAS Code. If the ACAS Code applies and is not followed, Employment Tribunals have discretion to increase or reduce awards by up to 25% where the employer or employee unreasonably fails to comply with it. 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.

Our experienced employment team regularly advises employers and prepares compliant and practical policies and procedures. Where policies have to be followed they can advise and support you through the process.

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