Our Employment Law team are experts in advising upon grievance issues.
From time to time workplace issues do arise. You have the right to raise a grievance in respect of any concerns, problems or complaints that you may have with your employer.
We are often asked to draft initial grievance letters, to review and analyse the response provided by your employer and thereafter dealing with any appeal and if necessary subsequent employment tribunal claims.
The ACAS Code of Practice provides guidance as to how a grievance procedure should be managed and any failure by your employer to adhere to the policy could uplift compensation if successful in an Employment Tribunal claim. The main aim of finding a clear grievance procedure is in order to resolve matters where possible without the need of involving any further action from the employee or employer.
When raising a grievance, it is important to ensure there is no unreasonable delay between the incident (or omission) by your employer which gives rise to your complaint and the complaint being made.
The grievance should be in writing and set out the full nature of the grievance. It is important that the grievance is drafted comprehensively as it would make it more difficult for your employer to attempt to avoid any necessary steps to resolve the issue.
From the raising of the grievance, you should be invited to a hearing (which may be in addition to an investigatory hearing) and you should be offered the right of accompaniment (by a trade union representative or colleague) and the right to appeal the decision made.
If you are considering, or have raised, a grievance and you require advice, then please do not hesitate to contact us by telephone to speak with a solicitor from our employment team without obligation or simply fill out our enquiry form and one of our specialist employment lawyers will contact you.
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