The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) has a code of practice for both disciplinary and grievance procedures – but it is not legally-binding, so employers can adopt their own policies on how to handle these matters.
A grievance procedure is a way of an employee raising concerns about a situation at work; it might be working conditions or an incident with another employee or a line manager. It can be raised informally or through a formal procedure.
A formal grievance procedure would involve the employee setting out the details of their complaint in writing and then being invited to a meeting with their employer to discuss it. The employer should investigate the issues you raise before making a decision. There should also be a right to appeal the decision. If you are still unhappy at the end of the process, you might want to take the dispute to an Employment Tribunal.
At Else Solicitors we can help you put forward the strongest case of any grievance to your employer with the objective of preserving the employment relationship and settling the matter to your satisfaction without the need to issue a claim.
Disciplinary proceedings can be taken against employees when their employer believes there is a case for action over poor performance or misconduct. Serious cases – such as allegations of gross misconduct – can lead to dismissal.
How we can help
If you are facing accusations of misconduct or poor performance, we can also help you defend yourself, and advise you if your employer is not behaving in a fair and proper manner.
We understand the stress that grievance and disciplinary issues can create. It can affect your home life and leave you fearful for the future. We will help and support you with prompt, practical advice and a clear assessment of the likelihood of your case succeeding. We’ll clearly explain the options that exist to help you achieve the best possible result.
We can offer a free initial consultation and if you want us to take matters further on your behalf, we’ll be clear and upfront about the costs and risks as well as the benefits.