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What is a grievance?
A grievance is a written complaint setting out your concerns. It should include the names of any relevant individuals, dates and times of incidents and may include details of how you wish the matters to be resolved.
Why raise a grievance?
It can be daunting when issues arise at work but if attempts to resolve issues informally fail or you feel you are unable to deal informally, you have the option of raising a grievance to your employer setting out your complaints.
What is a grievance process?
Your employer should have a grievance policy setting out the steps that will be taken once you have submitted your grievance. You can ask for a copy of this policy.
We can help you to draft a grievance and advise on the process which your employer should follow to try and resolve any work-related issues. Your employer should have a policy setting out the steps to be followed. We can help you prepare for a grievance hearing or advise you in respect of an appeal if your grievance is not upheld or the next steps once the internal process has concluded.
What is a disciplinary?
If your employer suspects that you may have committed an act of misconduct it may investigate and invite you to a disciplinary hearing. The purpose of a disciplinary hearing is to allow you to respond to the allegations and for your employer to come to a decision based on the information it has.
What are the consequences of a disciplinary?
The employer’s disciplinary policy should set out the possible sanctions available. Normally these will be a warning, final warning and dismissal. Your employer may be able to proceed straight to dismissal if you already have existing warnings or your conduct is so serious that it considers dismissal is an appropriate sanction.
If you’re facing disciplinary action, we can advise you on the next steps, your options and the process to be followed. If you are dismissed as a result of disciplinary action, we can advise you on the steps you can take if you wish to pursue matters further.
If you would like to have a confidential chat to see how we can help, please contact us.