UK Employment Law Changes In 2009: New Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures
By Chris Bracebridge and Anna Sanford
At a Glance
In April 2009 the much-criticised UK Statutory Dispute Resolution Procedures will be repealed and replaced with new measures aimed at encouraging early resolution of employment law disputes. This is an important development affecting all employers with UK staff.
1. Current Position
Employers with UK staff should comply with statutory procedures in relevant situations i.e. where an employee has committed a disciplinary offence or has raised a grievance. The statutory procedures comprise a dismissal and disciplinary procedure (DDP) and a grievance procedure (GP) (together, the Statutory Dispute Resolution Procedures or "SDRPs").