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Discipline and Grievance - a new approach

Monday 22 September 2008

Acas will deliver a series of events on the new Dispute Resolution Regulations in conjunction with the EEF, the manufacturers' organisation. Keynote speakers include Sir Michael Gibbons and the Acas Chair, Ed Sweeney.

EEF, the manufacturers' organisation, and Acas are to tour the UK with events in London, Midlands, North, South West, South East and North Wales between late October and December 2008.

The existing law, dealing with problems at work, is due to be replaced by a simpler less prescriptive system, based on the provisions of the Employment Act and subject to the completion of the parliamentary process. It will no longer be necessary to follow the current 3-step process for discipline and grievance issues. Moving forward tribunals will make decision on the basis of what is "fair and reasonable".

Acas will be producing a revised Code of Practice. Together with non-statutory guidance this will establish what employers and employees should do regarding discipline and grievance issues. If this guidance is not followed there may be financial penalties.

The revised system will offer greater flexibility to solve problems informally. This should result in time and financial savings as well as reducing the stress of going through an employment tribunal.

In support of this new approach Acas and EEF will deliver a series of one day seminars. These events will look at how the new approach will work for employers and employees. Keynote speakers include Michael Gibbons, author of the report that led to the new Act and Acas Chair, Ed Sweeney.

Find out more about the seminars or book your place.

Further information

For Acas advice on discipline and grievance issues see: Disputes and problems at work