Discipline and grievances

A disciplinary procedure and grievance procedure permit employers to deal fairly and consistently with employee misconduct and complaints from employees about the workplace.

The “Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures” provides employers with the principles for handling workplace disciplinaries and grievances. Employment tribunals will take the code into account when considering relevant cases, with the possibility of a 25% adjustment in any compensation awarded.


Postman wins unfair dismissal case over public urination

An employment judge found that the real reason behind the dismissal was the postman's union activities and poor relationship with his line manager.

‘Aggressive’ tactics used to ditch senior execs who are working at home

8 Jan 2021

Some employers in sectors badly effected by the pandemic have resorted to aggressive tactics with the aim of cutting senior...

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Car worker who missed 808 shifts wins unfair dismissal decision

4 Jan 2021

A Jaguar Land Rover worker who was absent for 808 shifts in 20 years has won his legal battle over unfair dismissal.

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Exercise bike entrepreneur launches unfair dismissal case

7 Dec 2020

Ratna Singh, founder of Birmingham-based Integrated Health Partners, was dismissed as chief executive in October but is fighting to be reinstated.

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Top 10 Covid-related claims employers could face in 2021

4 Dec 2020

The Government’s furlough scheme, large-scale redundancies, safe working concerns and the rise of flexible working will have a big impact...

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Immigration officer wins £16k after ‘unfair’ probe into alleged racist slurs

30 Nov 2020

Tribunal finds that Joel Gold, although dismissed on potentially fair grounds of gross misconduct, did not receive a fair hearing from the Home Office.

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How should HR handle a case of domestic abuse?

27 Nov 2020

With soaring rates of calls to domestic abuse helplines throughout the Covid pandemic and coverage of the Johnny Depp vs...

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Dyson staff unhappy over request to return to workplace

12 Nov 2020

Dyson staff in research and development have been told to return to the workplace despite some feeling they can carry out their work at home just as well.

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Employment tribunals have ‘almost ground to a halt’

9 Nov 2020

Discrimination cases are having to wait 14 months before receiving a court hearing, research by a prominent employment law firm reveals.

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How to dampen the conflict tinder box in lockdown

9 Nov 2020

Employers need to implement new strategies to limit the risks of growing volatility as winter lockdown kicks in, writes David Liddle

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Complaints ‘not taken seriously’ under Commons grievance scheme

13 Oct 2020

Parliamentary staff are being discouraged from pursuing complaints and have been given incorrect advice by the grievance system introduced to...

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How culture of transparency has put HR in the spotlight

7 Oct 2020

HR has become the custodians of good corporate behaviour as new laws and scandals have put the onus on businesses to change.

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Age Concern exec undermined by trustees wins £26k in compensation

6 Oct 2020

A former charity CEO has won more than £26,000 in compensation after being constructively dismissed from her role.
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Managing conflict: How are investigations holding up in the pandemic?

6 Oct 2020

Just because a high proportion of employees are away from the office does not mean conflict has disappeared.

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Tesco job report could speed up equal pay case

5 Oct 2020

A job evaluation study by Tesco allegedly showed jobs in stores and distribution centres were equal.

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