New ACAS Code of Practice Published

ACAS have published a revised Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures. The only revisions to the code relate to the choice of a companion at a disciplinary or grievance hearing. The requirement for the choice of companion be ‘reasonable’ has been removed. An employee has an absolute right to be accompanied by any willing companion who is a fellow worker, a trade union representative, or an official employed by a trade union.

The employer no longer has the right to refuse to allow the chosen companion on the grounds that the choice made is unsuitable for some reason, such as logistical difficulties.

Remember you must follow the ACAS Code at all times as this is what the tribunals refer to when deciding whether you acted reasonably in dealing with any disciplinary issues.

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