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.


Strengthen whistleblowing regulations for the third sector, urges charity

Staff should raise concerns without fear of repercussions, says Protect.

Senior lawyer fined for kissing junior colleague

16 Jun 2020

A top lawyer has been ordered to pay almost £100,000 for professional misconduct after he kissed a junior solicitor in...

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Government could bring back tribunal fees, reports suggest

15 Jun 2020

The Ministry of Justice is looking at reinstating tribunal fees for workers bringing claims, according to The Times newspaper.

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Worker awarded compensation after missed antenatal check-up

15 Jun 2020

IT finance analyst is awarded £4,000 in a case involving attitudes to sickness, workloads, mental health and pregnancy.

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Directors’ liabilities in the post-coronavirus workplace

4 Jun 2020

The Covid-19 crisis has exposed directors to a new level of vulnerability and liability, writes Ivor Adair.

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Investigations and Covid-19: employers need a pandemic-proof toolkit

27 May 2020

Employers are turning their attention to a host of novel HR issues coming over the horizon.

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Are wearable devices the answer to social distancing in workplaces?

26 May 2020

Could wearable devices that alert workers when they are not adhering to social distancing guidelines help employers bring staff back...

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Police officer banned after stealing breakfasts from staff canteen

22 May 2020

A police officer has been banned from every police force in the UK after he admitted to stealing breakfasts from...

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Recent case shows employers must consider disability before dismissing staff

13 May 2020

Leeds Teaching hospital case casts fresh light on organisations vulnerability to discriminatory decisions.

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Acas publishes coronavirus disciplinary and grievance guidance

6 May 2020

Employers need to consider whether it is fair or reasonable to conduct a disciplinary or grievance procedure while staff are...

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Priti Patel

Employment tribunal claim made against home secretary Priti Patel

20 Apr 2020

Former Home Office civil servant Sir Philip Rutnam claims he was constructively dismissed from his role after accusing Patel of bullying.

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Supreme Court: Morrisons not vicariously liable for employee’s data leak

1 Apr 2020

Morrisons has successfully argued in the Supreme Court that it cannot be held vicariously liable for a data breach in...

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Save the Children’s handling of harassment complaints ‘let down’ staff

5 Mar 2020

The way Save the Children UK handled harassment allegations made against senior employees had a “corrosive impact” on its internal...

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BP

Downfall of BP worker averted after appeal victory

2 Mar 2020

Australian BP employee wins on appeal after mocking pay negotiations with well known Hitler meme from the film Downfall.

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Top 10 HR questions January 2020: Coronavirus and Brexit

7 Feb 2020

What steps should employers take to manage the coronavirus outbreak?
At the start of the new year, employers have been...

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