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Consultation response on Discipline & Grievance Code 19/01/2015 Acas has published a slightly revised draft of its Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures

Consultation response on Discipline & Grievance Code

Acas has published the results of its consultation on a small revision to the Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures, in the wake of an Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) ruling that clarified the rules around the types of companions that workers can bring with them to grievance or disciplinary hearings.

The ruling found that workers had the right to be accompanied at these hearings by any companion as long as they are from one of the categories listed in section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999. These include trade unions officials, certified union representatives or fellow workers.

"Our Code is designed to help employers, employees and their representatives deal with disciplinary and grievance situations in the workplace,” said Anne Sharp, Acas Chief Executive. “Following the valuable responses received from our consultation, the Code has now been updated to take into account the EAT decision in the case of Toal v GB Oils on the right of accompaniment to disciplinary and grievance hearings."

The revised draft of the Code, which has also been published, is subject to Parliamentary approval.

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