The following Employment guidance note provides comprehensive and up to date legal information covering:
The Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures places obligations on both employees and employers to comply with its provisions or face possible sanctions (see Practice Note: Acas disciplinary and grievance code—effect of non-compliance). It sets out the standard of reasonable behaviour expected in most instances.
See also Practice Note: General requirements for discipline and grievance procedures.
In any proceedings before a tribunal, court or the Central Arbitration Committee:
any Acas Code of Practice is admissible in evidence, and
any provision of the Code which is relevant to a question in the proceedings shall be taken into account in determining that question
In addition, any Code of Practice which relates exclusively or primarily to procedure for the resolution of disputes (the Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures is the only such Code of Practice at present):
applies in any of the proceedings listed in Schedule A2 of TULR(C)A 1992 (which includes most types of claim which may be presented to an employment tribunal, but does not include redundancy dismissals or dismissals on the non-renewal of a fixed term contract—see Practice Note: Acas disciplinary and grievance code—application—Exceptions: redundancy dismissals and non-renewal of a fixed term contract) and
an unreasonable failure to follow the Code of Practice could affect any compensation awarded in those proceedings
The Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary
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