How to report unfair treatment at work

Unfair treatment at work can take many forms. If you think you have been treated unfairly, you need to know what you can do about it, and how to report it. Check your employer’s policy on unfair treatment at work… Read on

What is the correct procedure for a disciplinary action?

If an employer has concerns about some aspect of an employee’s conduct or performance, it is essential they follow a full and fair procedure for disciplinary action when dealing with it. ACAS Code of Conduct relating to disciplinary action There… Read on

Carrying out a disciplinary investigation

As an employer, you may need to carry out a disciplinary investigation. In these circumstances it is essential to handle the matter in a way that is both transparent and fair. Acas Code of Practice This should be an employer’s… Read on

What are reasonable adjustments at work?

Employers have a legal duty to make reasonable adjustments to ensure equality for disabled people in the workplace, under the Equality Act 2010. This occurs where an employee is classed as disabled under the Equality Act and is placed at… Read on

Ill health dismissal: does the ACAS Code apply?

The ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures does not apply where someone is dismissed from work purely due to ill health. This means employers can dismiss someone for sickness without following the process recommended in the ACAS… Read on

COT3 wording – take care

We report on a case where the wording of a COT3 Settlement Agreement did not do the job the employers expected it to. Background In the recent Employment Appeal Tribunal decision of DWP v. Brindley, the Court dealt with an… Read on

Dismissal for ill health: does ACAS Code apply?

The EAT has recently confirmed that the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures does not apply where a dismissal has been purely for health reasons. Background The ACAS Code says that it applies to dismissals for conduct… Read on

ACAS extends rights at disciplinaries and grievances

Background Section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999 (ERA) provides a statutory right for workers to be accompanied at a disciplinary (relating to conduct and/or performance) or grievance hearing where they make a reasonable request. The EAT judgment in… Read on

What is ACAS early conciliation?

Early Conciliation is a service offered by ACAS to allow potential claimants and employers to try to settle a dispute before employment tribunal proceedings are issued. A potential claimant must lodge a form with ACAS before they can commence an… Read on

Claim rejected for not following early conciliation rules

The case of Thomas v Nationwide Building Society is the first reported case of a claim being rejected by a Tribunal because of an employee’s failure to follow the early conciliation procedures. Background New early conciliation procedures were introduced on… Read on

5 key changes to employment law this April

A number of changes to the law recently came into effect, and here are the most crucial. ACAS early conciliation becomes law. Involving ACAS in Employment Tribunal claims, and following a set process, came into force last week. It will… Read on