With effect from 6th April 2009 the Disputes Resolution Act 2004 has been repealed, which means that the discipline and grievance procedures are no longer contractual.
However, it is important to note that companies will have to adhere to the new ACAS guidelines, otherwise they will find themselves potentially losing at Tribunal and having an uplift of up to 25% in compensation for not following the guidelines. So in many cases for those employers who have set up robust Discipline & Grievance Procedures may wish to stick with them as they are useful in making sure you cover a fair procedure.
If you are unsure what to do then maybe its time for a review.
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