Discipline and Grievances – Draft code of practice issued by AcasMonday, May 12th, 2008
One of the changes included in the Employment Bill that is currently before Parliament is the repeal of the statutory dispute resolution procedures, prompted by the Gibbons Review which found that the statutory procedures led to disputes becoming formalised and encouraged the involvement of lawyers at an earlier stage of the grievance. In their place, the Bill provides for the development by Acas of a new code of practice.
This short, five-page document has been published in draft and Acas is consulting on its contents. It contains principles for handling disciplinary and grievance situations in the workplace, rather than actual procedures. It is divided into four main sections:
a foreword, which does not form part of the statutory code
an introduction setting out some key principles to be followed when handling disciplinary and grievance situations
a section on discipline
a section on grievances.
The Government plans to introduce the changes in workplace dispute resolution in April 2009 and Acas anticipate the revised code will come into effect on the same date.
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