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Just as an employer can take disciplinary action against you, so too can you complain against your employer. If you’re not happy with something that’s going on at work, your first step would normally be to pursue a direct complaint with your employer in the form of a grievance.

We can provide expert guidance on whether you should follow a grievance process – and if you do, we can help with the formulation of the Statement of Grievance, assist with its presentation and support you through the subsequent process.

If you need help with the grievance process of just want an initial chat on where to to begin contact our expert employment law team on 0343 507 5151, e-mail employmentteam@gorvins.com or fill in our online form and we will call you back.

What Types of Grievances Are There?

From issues with heavy workloads, to disagreeing about your current pay, there are a whole host of possible circumstances where you may want to take action against your employer. An example of possible situations that may encourage you to make a grievance include;

  • An amendment to your contract that you are unhappy about
  • Being requested to take on a new responsibility as part of your job that you feel is not in line with your existing work practice
  • An issue with your pay or terms and conditions
  • Poor working conditions, ranging from being bullied/harassed to being obliged to undertake tasks that you believe to be unsafe or inappropriate in any way

How Do I Raise a Grievance?

While there is no formal legal process for raising a grievance, both parties to the employment relationship should comply with something known as the ACAS (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) Code of Practice. This code of practice encompasses a number of guidelines that should be adhered to by employer and employee alike, so as to ensure the grievance process is handled fairly and professionally, summarised as follows:

  • Firstly, an employee should inform their employer the details of their grievance (preferably in writing)
  • Once the employer has received the grievance, they should then invite the employee for a meeting to discuss the issues along with a proposed resolution – with the appointment taking place after the employer has had sufficient time to fully consider your grievance. Additionally, the employee has a statutory right to be accompanied by a companion (colleague or a trade union representative) during any such meeting
  • A decision will then be made by the employer which will be put in writing to the employee detailing intended steps to resolve the grievance
  • The employer should then extend a right of appeal to the employee, in the event that they are not happy with the initial outcome

If both yourself and your employer are unable to achieve a resolution following your grievance, then you may consider taking your claim to an Employment Tribunal (it should be noted that any compensation you may receive could be adjusted by up to 25 per cent, based on adherence to the ACAS Code of Practice.)

How can Gorvins help?

As with all legal issues, it is important that your case be handled with discretion and complete sensitivity. At Gorvins, we uphold the highest standards of professionalism – and coupled with our many years of legal expertise, can provide you with specialist advice and guidance to achieve the best possible outcome for you. Regardless of the circumstances, we will give you the honest answer to your problem to achieve the best potential outcome.
After an initial discussion with one of our Employment Law Solicitors, we will advise you on how best to proceed giving you complete flexibility. We can work on your behalf, taking complete ownership of your case, or you can simply seek out our advice and support only as and when you need to.

Contact our Employment Law team today

We treat all of our clients and their cases with the confidentiality and professionalism they deserve, which is why we’re proud to be one of the UK’s leading law firms in employment law. You’ll receive your own dedicated solicitor, and you can trust us to deliver straightforward advice. Our solicitors never hide behind legal jargon, so you have a full understanding of how the grievance process works and what you should realistically expect in terms of outcome.

Contact our expert employment law team on 0343 507 5151, e-mail employmentteam@gorvins.com or fill in our online form and we will call you back.

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