Workplace Grievance Handling
It is critical that all employers have procedures in place to handle grievances in the correct way. A grievance is a complaint against an employer, defined as: “a complaint by an employee about an action, which his employer has taken or is contemplating taking in relation to him.”
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What are some examples of Workplace Grievances?
There are many possible situations in which a Grievance can arise, for example:
- A change in an employees contract which they are not happy about
- A complaint about a workmate’s or manager’s treatment of an employee – for example being bullied or harassed
- An employee being asked to undertake a new task as part of their job which they do not agree with, or a change in their working practices
What to do if you have a workplace Grievance?
The first step is to speak to your employer and try to resolve the issue informally. If that proves ineffective you should put your complaint in writing to your employer. Keep a written record of everything that you do in relation to the grievance as well as your employers responses.
Your employer should investigate the grievance and arrange a grievance hearing in which the facts of the case are discussed and witnesses can be called. At some types of Grievance hearings an employee has a right to be accompanied by a Trade Union representative or by a fellow worker.
Contact us and we can advise you on your rights in relation to Grievances.
The ACAS Code of Conduct for Grievance handling
The ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) Code details how employers and employees should act when handling grievances.
Employers should act fairly and consistently to prevent claims of discrimination, unfair treatment or breach of the implied duty of mutual trust and confidence.
How can a Solicitor help with a workplace Grievance?
We offer an initial consultation where we can assess your case and tell you your rights, as well as whether your Grievance has been handled in the correct manner by your employer. If you have not received a satisfactory resolution to your Grievance you may be entitled to submit a claim to an employment tribunal. If we decide to pursue your case then we will advise you on the potential costs involved.
For employers we can advise generally upon the handling of grievances, the rights of employees, and the preparation of written procedures.
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