Last month, ACAS published in draft the latest version of their Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance at work.
The Employment Bill, which is currently passing its way through Parliament, will enable an Employment Judge (as Employment Tribunal Chairmen are now known) to increase or decrease an award by up to 25% for ‘unreasonable failure’ to follow the Code.
These provisions will replace the statutory dismissal and grievance procedures, probably with effect from April 2009. The existing legislation on grievance and discipline has been heavily criticised for making procedures unnecessarily complicated. At present, failure to follow the statutory procedures attracts a possible increase or decrease in compensation of between 10% and 50%.
As required by law, the draft code is now out to consultation, which closes on 25 July. You can view it by clicking here.