What Is The ACAS Code of Practice?

The Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures gives practical guidance for handling these issues in the workplace. Failure to follow the Code doesn’t make a person or organisation liable to proceedings, however, an employment tribunal will take it into account when considering relevant cases.

Key Code of Practice points

  • Many potential disciplinary and grievance issues can be resolved informally.
  • Employment Tribunals are legally required to take the Acas Code of Practice into account when considering relevant cases.
  • Tribunal can adjust any awards made in relevant cases by up to 25 per cent for unreasonable failure to comply with any provisions of the code.
  • Employers and employees should always look to resolve disciplinary and grievance issues in the workplace.
  • A non-statutory guide (Discipline and grievances at work: The Acas guide) provides additional information on handling discipline and grievance solutions in the workplace.

Please look at ACAS code of practice for Discipline and Grievances at work or call us on 03337 721 029 we are happy to help.

Many potential disciplinary or grievance issues can often be resolved informally. Cases of minor misconduct or unsatisfactory performance are usually best dealt with informally. A quiet word is often all that is required to improve an employee’s conduct or performance.

The Acas Code of Practice sets out the basic requirements of fairness that will be applicable in most cases; it provides the standard of reasonable behaviour for most cases. The Code will help employers, employees and representatives deal with disciplinary and grievance issues in the workplace.

Where some form of formal action is needed, what action is reasonable or justified will depend on all the circumstances of the case. Employers should deal with issues promptly, fairly and consistently. Investigations should be carried out to gather and establish all the facts of the case.

To supplement the guidance contained in its Code of Practice, Acas has produced a non-statutory guide (Discipline and grievances at work: The Acas guide) which provides additional information on handling discipline and grievance solutions in the workplace. This information has been taken directly from the ACAS website.

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