Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures revised
The revised Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures took effect from 11 March 2015.
It confirms that employers must agree to a worker’s request to be accompanied to a disciplinary or grievance meeting by any chosen companion from one of the statutory categories i.e.
- a fellow worker; or
- a trade union representative or official.
It explains that the statutory requirement for such a request to be “reasonable”, applies to the making of the request, not to the worker’s choice of companion. It also states that a worker can change their chosen companion without waiving their right to change again.
Acas has also updated page 24 of its non-statutory guide, Discipline and grievances at work, to make it clear that employers can allow employees to be accompanied by companions who are not a fellow worker, or trade union representative or official.
This will make it easier for Deaf people to argue that they should be accompanied by Deaf Advocates etc.