Revised Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures

Posted on March 12, 2015

Acas has published a revised Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance procedures.

The main change made by this guide is to make clear that a worker has a statutory right to be accompanied to a disciplinary or grievance meeting by a trade union representative or a fellow worker.

There is a requirement for the request to be reasonable but this relates to the nature of the request itself not the person who the worker proposes accompanies them i.e. the choice of companion does not have to be a reasonable choice. The guide states that what is reasonable will depend on the facts of each case but the worker should provide enough time for the employer to deal with the companion’s attendance at the meeting and the worker should also consider how they make their request so that it is clearly understood.

The guide provides a very useful overview of the important principles at play in disciplinary and grievance processes.

The new guide can be found here: http://www.acas.org.uk/media/pdf/f/m/Acas-Code-of-Practice-1-on-disciplinary-and-grievance-procedures.pdf