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  • 31 March 2003
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Model Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures Launched

New guidance has been published by the Workplacelaw Network to help employers implement disciplinary and grievance policies at work, and to meet their legal obligations under the Employment Act 2002. The model disciplinary and grievance policy documents have been compiled by leading law firm Magrath & Co.

The purpose of the model policies is to help UK employers and managers provide clear guidance to employees on the procedures that will be followed in the event of misconduct, or in the event that a grievance is raised. The policies also act as checklists for managers of the steps that should be taken in these circumstances.

The Non-contractual Disciplinary and Dismissal Policy and Procedure and the Non-contractual Grievance Policy and Procedure each consists of a model policy document in MS Word format – which employers can customise for their own needs – and management guidance to help employers understand and develop their own policies.

Legislation

The Employment Act 2002 introduces statutory disciplinary and dismissal procedures, and grievance procedures, which will be implied into all employment contracts once the applicable Regulations come into force – now anticipated to be in Spring 2004. Employers who fail to follow the statutory procedures once they are in force will be at risk of Tribunals finding that Unfair Dismissals have automatically occurred and / or potential increases of between 10% and 50% in the level of damages awarded.

Although employers will not be obliged to comply with the statutory procedures until the Regulations come into force, the statutory procedures do reflect best practice and therefore employers would be well advised to incorporate the minimum standards required under the Act sooner rather than later – these template documents aim to help employers to do that.

Diane Claridge, Marketing and Administrative Director of Magrath & Co, commented: "We have prepared a series of guidance documents for businesses following the changes in the Employment Act 2002. These significant changes fundamentally affect the way businesses handle their employees. It is important that UK employers, HR professionals, managers and directors understand the provisions of the Act, and how to apply those provisions in practice.

"For HR best practice, we recommend that the introduction of these new procedures is supplemented with proper training, workshops or guidance for all HR professionals and managers. The series of documents that we have prepared for the Workplacelaw Network covers Discipline and Dismissal, Grievance, Data Protection, Information Technology, Redundancy procedures as well as Maternity and Parental Leave.”

More Information

The Non-contractual Disciplinary and Dismissal Policy and Procedure, Version 1.0 (£49.99, ISBN 1-900648-30-X) is available as an electronic download from the Workplacelaw Network website - www.workplacelaw.net/eshop - or by calling 0870 777 8881. 10% discount available to members of the Workplacelaw Network, BIFM, RICS, IFMA or RIBA. Please quote ref. 1440 when ordering.

The Non-contractual Grievance Policy and Procedure, Version 1.0 (£34.99, ISBN 1-900648-31-8) is available as an electronic download from the Workplacelaw Network website - www.workplacelaw.net/eshop - or by calling 0870 777 8881. 10% discount available to members of the Workplacelaw Network, BIFM, RICS, IFMA or RIBA. Please quote ref. 1440 when ordering.

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Notes for Editors


1. The Workplacelaw Network supplies legal support and information to over 25,000 UK managers and employers, including property, HR and health and safety managers. See www.workplacelaw.net for more information. Press contact: Sam Colella, 0870 777 8881, sam.colella@workplacelaw.net.

2. Magrath & Co was established in 1990. Based in modern offices in the heart of London’s West End, Magrath & Co has links with legal and other professional practices all over Britain and the rest of the world, particularly in the United States and Germany. For further information contact Diane Claridge on 020 7495 3003, e-mail diane.claridge@magrath.co.uk.

3. A full evaluation copy of these template policy documents is available free of charge to press personnel only by contacting Sam Colella on 0870 777 8881, e-mail sam.colella@workplacelaw.net.