The ACAS Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance Procedures replaced the statutory discipline, dismissal and grievance procedures in April, 2009. The Code of Practice gives broad guidelines to employers in handling discipline and grievance issues. Although failing to follow the Code doesn’t automatically make you liable to proceedings, a Tribunal must consider this when hearing cases of dismissal for conduct, performance or capability and can make adjustments to any award by up to 25% if it considers a decision is unreasonable.
Current Government thinking is that the Code may be too complicated and is often misunderstood, particularly by smaller companies. The Government have therefore launched a “Call for Evidence” seeking the views of employers on its overall effectiveness consisting of 33 questions. Most of the questions only require a simple “yes” or “no” answer but there is provision for further comments to be made.
The documentation states the main purpose of the exercise is “to understand whether the Code could be adapted to make it easier to use and more accessible to businesses”.
Small employers have an opportunity to hear to express their views on this subject and to share their experiences. The closing date for responses is Friday, 8th June, 2012 which can be submitted on line.
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