LRD Booklets October 2004

Disciplinary and grievance procedures - a guide to the new law

Introduction (765 words)

In an attempt to reduce the number of claims taken to employment tribunals, the government has introduced new "dispute resolution" procedures which aim to ...

1. The statutory dismissal and disciplinary procedures (1305 words)

The new statutory dismissal and disciplinary procedures (DDPs) apply when an employer is considering dismissing or taking relevant disciplinary action against an employee. The ...

2. The statutory grievance procedures (1098 words)

The new statutory grievance procedures do not prevent employees or union reps from trying to resolve issues informally first - in fact, the new ...

3. General requirements of the procedures (536 words)

There are some common rules relating to both the statutory dismissal and disciplinary procedures and the grievance procedures. ...

4. Changes to the tribunal procedure (1489 words)

The new disciplinary and grievance procedures are accompanied by changes to the rules relating to employment tribunals, in particular concerning time limits and compensation ...

5. The right to be accompanied (1742 words)

All workers have the right to be accompanied at disciplinary and grievance hearings under section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (EReA 99). ...

6. Handling disciplinary hearings (4832 words)

Disciplinary procedures allow employees to know what standards are expected of them and what actions may result in disciplinary action being taken against them. ...

7. Handling grievances (1235 words)

There is now a statutory right for an employee to have their grievance heard, and this must be dealt with in accordance with the ...

Further information (257 words)

Full details of the dispute resolution procedures can be obtained from the Department of Trade and Industry's website at www.dti.gov.uk/er/resolvingdisputes. ...