Disciplinary & Grievance Issues
As an employer you are required by law to ensure your employees have access to a fair and reasonable process for raising grievances and managing disciplinary issues.
Employers should be clear about what conduct is and is not acceptable in the workplace. A disciplinary procedure provides the framework for dealing with instances where employees may not have met the required standards of conduct.
It is in an employer’s interests to develop clear and comprehensive disciplinary rules and procedures, to avoid misunderstandings and ensure that employees understand what is expected of them.
Having a clear disciplinary procedure should ensure you to deal fairly and consistently with employees who fail to meet your standards. However it is important that managers implement the procedure consistently and fairly and having a well drafted procedure available to all staff is one factor in achieving this.
Grievance and Complaints
Grievances are concerns, problems or complaints raised by an employee about workplace issues such as their work, workload, where they work or who they work with.
It’s important for every business, whatever its size, to have a formal grievance procedure in place, which takes into account the ACAS Code of Practice, and to have the grievance policy available to all employees, ideally in an Employee Handbook so that they know how genuine issues can be recorded.
Managing a Grievance
Dealing with an employee’s grievances can be stressful and emotional for all involved but we can help minimise that and help resolve the issues. We can save you management time, preserve employee relations and help keep your business out of the Employment Tribunal. We believe our assistance would be invaluable to you when complex situations arise, perhaps where the employee raising a grievance is also the subject of disciplinary proceedings.