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Grievances & Disciplinaries

Employment Law for Individuals

It is an unfortunate fact that tensions and strain can often arise between an employee and employer.

In such circumstances employees may elect to raise a formal grievance, and all employers should have grievance and disciplinary policies or procedures which are compliant with the Acas code on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures. A failure by either party to follow the Acas code can lead to an Employment Tribunal reducing or increasing the amount of damages in any subsequent Employment Tribunal proceedings.

For employees who wish to raise a grievance with their employer we are able to advise on:

  • How to raise a grievance in accordance with your employer’s procedure
  • Your rights under the procedure and the Acas code
  • Gathering evidence to support your grievance, including by making a data subject access request
  • The drafting of a formal grievance
  • How to respond to any queries raised by your employer
  • How to deal with a grievance hearing
  • How to appeal a grievance

In the event that your grievance fails to remedy your concerns about your employment we are able to offer advice regarding constructive dismissals.

Disciplinary advice

Employees may also be subject to a disciplinary procedure where employers have concern about their conduct, and such allegations can have serious implications for the employee’s employment and career. We are able to assist employees facing disciplinary investigations and procedures by advising on:

  • How to respond to a disciplinary investigation
  • Whether your employer is following a fair procedure
  • Your rights under your employer’s disciplinary procedure and the Acas code
  • Gathering evidence to support your case
  • Drafting written submissions in response to your case
  • How to deal with a disciplinary hearing
  • How to appeal a decision

Information on Employment Tribunals - Fees and Timescales can be found here.

For further advice, please contact a member of our Employment Law team. Girlings has offices in Canterbury, Ashford and Herne Bay.

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