Disciplinary, Dismissal & Grievance Procedures

Guidance for employers


From 1st October the Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004 come into force. They lay down disciplinary, dismissal and grievance procedures that provide a framework for discussing problems at work. This guide explains the procedures. It is primarily intended for managers in small firms. Separate guidance will be available for employees from http://www.dti.gov.uk/resolvingdisputes.

This document gives general guidance only. It has no legal force and cannot cover every point and situation. If you would like advice on your particular situation, please see below for Acas contact details.

It is important to note that the Regulations aim to set a minimum standard and are not intended to replace existing best practice and the new procedures should complement your existing disciplinary and grievance procedures, not replace them. Your disciplinary and grievance procedures must be set out writing (see the following section, disciplinary & dismissal procedures, for more details).

If you need more advice, Acas offers a number of services to help you, from good practice advice on setting up procedures to looking for a resolution if your employee applies to a tribunal. Their website is www.acas.org.uk and they have a helpline on 08457 47 47 47.

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