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  • 4 August 2004
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New Guidance Published on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

New guidance on the forthcoming statutory disciplinary and grievance procedures is now available from Workplace Law.

The 50-page commentary Statutory Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures in the Workplace: Analysis and Commentary on the New Law has been compiled by leading employment-law barrister Daniel Barnett, and comes complete with template disciplinary and grievance procedures.

The New Procedures

The long-awaited Employment Act 2002 (Dispute Resolution) Regulations 2004 come into force on 1 October 2004. The main requirements are as follows:
  • Employers must follow a new standard dismissal and disciplinary procedure where they wish to dismiss an employee or take disciplinary action on grounds of conduct or capability.
  • Employers must also implement a standard grievance procedure for employees to follow when they raise a complaint.
Importantly, if the employer has not followed the procedures in a dismissal case, this will be found to be an automatically unfair dismissal.

Employers Need to Act Now

Employers are advised to review their disciplinary and grievance procedures to make sure that they comply with the new statutory procedures. Managers, supervisors, and anyone in a position to take disciplinary action should certainly be alerted to these new procedures.

New Guidance

Statutory Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures in the Workplace: Analysis and Commentary on the New Law (PDF format, price £149.99) explains how the new procedures work, highlighting practical difficulties and setting out arguments on both sides where the laws are unclear. It is a superb reference guide to the details and difficulties of the new procedures, and will help you understand the nuances of these complex new laws.

The commentary comes complete with template disciplinary and grievance policies which comply with the new regulations and can be customised by your organisation.

The commentary is available from Workplace Law by calling 0870 777 8881 (please quote ref. 1319). Alternatively, you can view the contents or place an order online at:
www.workplacelaw.net/eshop/product_info.php?product_id=258&a_id=1319