As an employer you may be required to take disciplinary action against an employee in the event of the employee’s misconduct or absence, for example. Furthermore, you may have to deal with a grievance brought by one of your employees who believes that they are being treated unfairly. In either case it is vital that, as a business, you deal with the issue by following a fair process and come to a reasoned and considered decision. Our experienced team of employment lawyers and HR specialists can guide you through this process.
Our employment law team works with businesses and organisations every day to help them resolve workplace issues in a cost-effective and timely manner, allowing them to concentrate on running and growing their business. We can take an active role in the process, preparing template letters and meeting scripts for you to use, or we can simply be in the background to answer any questions you may have and to advise you on the final decision. Either way, we will ensure that the procedures you follow comply with employment legislation and, importantly, the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures. This code provides guidelines for handling these issues in the workplace (http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2174). A failure to follow the ACAS Code of Practice when dealing with Disciplinary and Grievance issues can result in an Employment Tribunal finding that an employee has been unfairly dismissed or subjected an act of discrimination. Furthermore, a failure to follow a fair process can lead to an Employment Tribunal increasing any award made to an employee by up to to the 25%.
If you are concerned about a disciplinary or grievance issue then call us for a free initial consultation today – we can discuss the matter over the phone, by Skype, or in person at your business premises or at our offices in Sheffield or Doncaster.
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