Revised Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
Effective as of 11 March 2015, the changes in the new Code are minor but ones that employers should take note of.
The Code confirms that an employee has an absolute right to request that he/she be accompanied to a disciplinary or grievance meeting by a fellow worker or a trade union representative or official; in turn, the employer must agree to any such request.
Other points that the Code has sought to clarify include: the worker’s entitlement to change their chosen companion without waiving their right to change again; and, that employers can permit employees to be accompanied by a fellow worker or trade union representative or official.
Whilst the changes noted in the new Code are far from radical, they do clarify the employee’s entitlements with regards to the right to be accompanied leaving not room for error by employers.