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Discipline and grievance

Find out how to handle discipline and grievance issues at work with our selection of articles, books and online resources.

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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Case law: Disciplinary investigations must remain within scope or may be unfair

October 2019

Employers should ensure the scope of a disciplinary investigation it carries out is carefully considered before the investigation begins and is notified to the employee being investigated, and the investigation does not go beyond scope - or risk subsequent dismissals being ruled unfair, following a tribunal ruling.

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Disclaimer: These publications from Atom Content Marketing are for general guidance only, for businesses in the United Kingdom governed by the laws of England. Atom Content Marketing, expert contributors and ICAEW (as distributor) disclaim all liability for any errors or omissions.


The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Dealing with grievances

This chapter looks at dealing with grievances and deals with grievance procedures, handling a grievance, bullying and harassment, appeals against grading and

Handling disciplinary issues

This chapter looks at disciplinary issues and deals with rules, procedures, hearings, disciplinary action and appeals against disciplinary action.

Deal with stress: how to improve the way you work

A guide to understanding and managing workplace stress.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

Conducting workplace investigations

Acas June 2019

Acas step-by-step guide for all employers of all sizes on how to go about conducting a disciplinary investigation, from deciding whether an investigation is necessary through to submitting a report.



Acas advice for employers and employees on disciplinary procedures, covering common questions and answers. Includes a short video covering whether an employee can be disciplined or their employment terminated while on sick leave.

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Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

#AccountingToo: Sexual harassment all too common

The article reports on the trends of the sexual harassment incidents involving accounting professionals. Topics discussed include the various forms of harassment both in men and women such as inappropriate questions, innuendo or joke, the various factors contributing to less prevalence of the incident such as the work pressure, the size of the firm, and professionalism, and the concerns of women accountants on how their firms respond to the sexual misconduct in their firms.

What now? Not all harassment makes the headlines - but there are hard and fast rules every business facing allegations should follow.

The article discusses sexual harassment allegations made within the U.S. entertainment industry and offers tips for businesses facing such allegations. Topics include the tendency for companies to ignore transgressions or trivialise them despite a clear definition of sexual harassment presented under Great Britain's Sex Discrimination Act, the Equality Act's protection of individuals making claims and organizations against hypersensitive individuals, and the importance of corporate culture that welcomes concerns and complaints.

Everybody's got the right to be happy

Why are so many professionals unhappy in their jobs? The author highlights three important factors: ambition, doing what’s expected of us, and overwork. All of these are harmful when taken to extremes. Employees should use their emotional intelligence to understand the psychological traps they are prone to.

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Useful links 

Appeal to the Employment Tribunal
Information about how to apply to tribunals in the event of a dispute and what to do if taken to a tribunal.

Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT)
The EAT hears appeals from decisions made by Employment Tribunals.

Handling an employee's grievance and Taking disciplinary action against an employee
Information from GOV.UK, mainly based on the ACAS Code of Practice above.

UK Employment Appeal Tribunal database
A searchable database containing full hearing judgments of the EAT which are transcribed or handed down by the Tribunal. Maintained by the British and Irish Legal Information Institute (BAILII).

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