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.


Complaints ‘not taken seriously’ under Commons grievance scheme

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

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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‘I went to get a Covid-19 test and now I’ve lost my job’

5 Oct 2020

Worker in France who didn't know he had Covid-19 despite taking a test was dismissed for serious misconduct.

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Top 10 HR questions September 2020: Testing, Brexit and redundancy

2 Oct 2020

As the number of coronavirus (Covid-19) cases rose in the last month, employers have been asking questions about testing for...

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Sexual harassment in a pandemic: why staff are more vulnerable

2 Oct 2020

With fewer people in the office and the increased likelihood of lone working and online abuse, there is a heightened risk of sexual harassment.

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Average wait time for tribunal stands at nine months, claim lawyers

21 Sep 2020

Employment tribunal claimants are now facing a nine-month wait for hearing – up 20% from last year.

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Train guard recorded ‘shooting his mouth off’ was unfairly dismissed

21 Sep 2020

Claimant had been covertly recorded by a colleague 'holding forth on strike breakers and Conservative voters'.

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Christian school worker sacked for sex education views seeks £56k

21 Sep 2020

A Christian school assistant is taking her former employer to tribunal over claims she was sacked over Facebook posts in...

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B&Q reinstates worker who had Covid-19 after appeal

10 Sep 2020

A woman with Covid-19 was initially dismissed from her job for failing to follow absence procedures.

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Former CPS prosecutor brought unfair dismissal case ‘too late’

7 Sep 2020

A solicitor claiming for unfair dismissal against the Crown Prosecution Service has had her case dismissed after a judge ruled...

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Cummings ‘unusual’ recruit dismissed after BLM comment

7 Sep 2020

A government employee was dismissed earlier this month after writing a tweet that suggested police should use 'live rounds' on Black Lives Matters protestors.

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Sexual harassment ‘endemic’ within GMB Union

3 Sep 2020

The GMB union, one of the UK’s largest trade unions, has been branded ‘institutionally sexist’ by a barrister leading an...

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