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Statement on the amended Acas Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance

This speech was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government

Statement from Vince Cable on an amendment to the Code, concerning the right of accompaniment to a grievance hearing.

Statement from Vince Cable, Secretary of State for Business:

I am pleased to be laying a new Acas Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance which includes a minor amendment to reflect the Employment Appeals Tribunal (EAT) decision on the right of accompaniment in the case of Toal v GB Oils.

It is 5 years since the Code was last reviewed and given the changing nature of conflict and dispute resolution at work, I feel it would now be appropriate to ask Acas to undertake a wider consultation on the Code of Practice as a whole. I have written to the Acas Council to request this.

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The Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) aims to improve organisations and working life through better employment relations, working with employers and employees to solve problems and improve performance.

A link to the new Acas Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance procedures will be provided shortly.

View the current (2009) Acas Code of Practice on Discipline and Grievance procedures.