Having a written grievance procedure in place and readily available to employees is vital for all businesses. Without this, you could be leaving yourself open to potential Employment Tribunal claims.

At LawforEmployers, we are available to offer the advice and guidance you need on your company’s grievance policy and procedure.

If you’d like to discuss your grievance procedures with one of our legal experts call us now on 01282 695 400.

An up to date grievance procedure can protect you

You are required to give any grievance raised by an employee reasonable consideration. A clear grievance procedure provides a framework against which to deal with all issues raised. This can help ensure that you deal with any grievances consistently and in a legally complaint manner.

An effective and up to date procedure can save your business both time and money.

Our expert employment solicitors have helped businesses across the UK draft and update their grievance policies and procedures. By ensuring that your policies comply with the ACAS Code of Practice, we can help you avoid potentially costly claims.

Following a fair procedure during a hearing

The ideal scenario for you and your employee when an issue arises at work is to solve the problem informally. Yet when this is not achieved, a formal grievance may be raised.

At this stage, it is vital to follow the procedure set out in your grievance procedure. This could include:

  • Giving the employee reasonable notice so they can prepare their case
  • Carrying out a full investigation where necessary and taking any statements from witnesses
  • Making it clear that the employee can have an employee or union representative attend the hearing with them
  • Arranging for a manager not involved in the grievance to attend, ensuring the hearing is conducted properly
  • Arranging for a person to take notes during the hearing.

Although the ACAS Code of Practice is not legally binding, an Employment Tribunal can increase any money awarded by up to 25% if the code has not been followed.

At LawforEmployers we can advise you on dealing with a grievance in line with the ACAS Code of Practice. This will ensure that you are fully complaint and consistent in dealing with all grievances.

Are your grievance procedures in need of review? Contact LawforEmployers today

If your grievance procedures are in need of review, contact our expert employment team today.

We are on hand to work with you, ensuring that any policies or procedures you put in place are always fully complaint.

To speak to a specialist employment law solicitor today, call us on 01282 695 400.

Or, you can book your free consultation by completing our quick online contact form here.