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.


Disciplinary and grievance procedure: rights and best practice

21 Sep 2005

Nikki Duncan gives advice on managing grievance and disciplinary issues

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CMI issue guide to beating the bullies

16 Aug 2005

Guide to dealing with bullying outlines key steps to tackling the problem.

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Sacking prompts strike ballot at Rolls Royce

3 Aug 2005

Rolls Royce faces the possibility of escalating industrial action after the sacking of a union activist

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Call centre staff invoke grievances over withdrawal of tea break

28 Jul 2005

Travel agency Thomson is facing a staff mutiny at its Glasgow call centre after management scrapped workers' afternoon tea break.

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Employers urged to adopt sensitive approach after terror attacks

22 Jul 2005

Lawyers have warned employers to tread carefully when dealing with staff discipline in the wake of the London terror attacks.

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CBI attributes decline in tribunal claims to disciplinary process

13 Jul 2005

The CBI said the 25% fall in employment tribunal claims could be skewed by the longer time it takes disputes to reach tribunal.

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Airport firm agrees hairdressing code

3 Jun 2005

An airport worker suspended in a row over the amount of hair gel he used is to return to his job after an agreement was reached with his employer.

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Statutory procedures cause more grief than relief for HR profession

31 May 2005

More than two-thirds (69%) of HR people think the statutory grievance procedures introduced last year fail to support strategic or business goals.

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Experts warn of tribunal rise despite massive fall in 2004

31 May 2005

The number of applications to employment tribunals fell by a quarter in 2004, but experts have warned that the number of cases is likely to rise in the next few years.

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Right of appeal row at council

31 May 2005

An internal dispute over employment rights is threatening to escalate after staff working for a London council claimed their right...

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Written explanation of reasons for dismissal

31 May 2005

XpertHR answers questions on the right to receive a written statement of reasons for dismissal

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Accompaniment at disciplinary and grievance hearings

24 May 2005

XpertHR answers questions on workers' right to be accompanied at a disciplinary or grievance hearing

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Tribunal applications fall by 24% under statutory procedures

23 May 2005

The introduction of the Statutory Disputes Resolution Procedure last October has delivered a 24% in applications to employment tribunals

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Are the new grievance procedures working?

5 Apr 2005

The mandatory disciplinary and grievance procedures for employers and employees were introduced six months ago. The aim was to set in stone guidelines for disciplining employees and complaining about employers. But, asks James Elwes, have the procedures worked?

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Wal-Mart director forced to resign over gift card scandal

29 Mar 2005

US supermarket giant Wal-Mart has forced a director and three employees to resign after an investigation into the use of gift cards.

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