Since 6th April 2009 the ACAS Code of Practice has provided practical guidance to employers on how to handle grievances and disciplinary situations in the workplace. A failure to follow the code does not, in itself, make a person or organisation liable to proceedings. However, Employment Tribunals will take the Code into account when considering relevant cases. Tribunals will also be able to adjust any awards made in relevant cases by up to 25% for unreasonable failure to comply with any provision of the Code. This means that if the tribunal feels that an employer has unreasonably failed to follow the guidance set out in the Code they can increased any award they have made by up to 25%.
At Kew Law our Employment Law solicitors can draft an ACAS compliant grievance procedure for your business and assist in resolving disciplinary and grievance issues in the workplace through mediation without the need to resort to more formal resolutions. Should a more formal route be required then the Code further sets out the basic requirements of fairness that will be applicable in most cases and our solicitors would be able to advise you further in this respect.
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