2. Formal procedures

You can make a formal grievance complaint or face formal disciplinary action if you weren’t able to resolve your problem informally.

Grievances

You can make a formal grievance complaint if you’ve tried solving a problem by talking to your manager but you’re not satisfied.

Your employer should put their grievance procedure in writing. You should be able to find this in your:

  • company handbook
  • human resources (HR) or personnel manual
  • HR intranet site
  • employment contract

Your employer’s grievance procedure should include the following steps:

  • writing a letter to your employer setting out the details of your grievance
  • a meeting with your employer to discuss the issue
  • the ability to appeal your employer’s decision

For more information read the ‘Acas guide on discipline and grievances at work’.

Disciplinary action

You might face disciplinary action if your employer has decided they have a serious issue with you or your work.

Your employer should put their disciplinary procedure in writing and it should contain:

  • your employer’s disciplinary procedure rules
  • what performance and behaviour might lead to disciplinary action
  • what action your employer might take and your right to appeal

For more information read the ‘Acas guide on discipline and grievances at work’.

Suspension from work

If you are facing discipline over a serious issue, your employer may be able to suspend you during the time leading up to a disciplinary meeting.

Check your employment contract, company handbook or HR intranet site to see if you’re entitled to be paid when suspended.

Using the Acas Code of Practice

If either you and your employer don’t follow the Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures and you go to an employment tribunal, the result of your claim could be affected. In this situation a tribunal can adjust the amount of compensation awarded by up to 25%.

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