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Disputes, grievances and disciplinary procedures
Workplace disputes, grievances and employee disciplinary issues are thankfully infrequent, but remain simply a fact of life in most businesses.
Resolving them fairly and with minimum disruption to the day-to-day business operation is paramount in avoiding management distraction and unnecessary cost.
Our specialist employment solicitors are experienced in guiding business leaders through the process of resolving workplace disciplinary issues, grievances and disputes with their employees.
Having an experienced solicitor on your side helps to ensure that you follow a structured disciplinary, grievance or dispute procedure. This in turn minimises business risk and avoids the escalation of such issues to an Employment Tribunal claim from employees who are ultimately dismissed.
Grievance procedures are the mechanism by which employees raise concerns with their employer relating to any aspect of the relationship, be it working environment or terms of employment. Mishandling grievances can lead to costly discrimination and constructive dismissal claims.
We take time to understand how and why a specific dispute arose, the impact on your business, and how you would best like to see things resolved.
Our creative but commercial and solution-focused approach means that we try to resolve disputes through mediation rather than litigation where possible. This approach saves your business time, cost and the possibility of adverse publicity if a tribunal claim goes against you.
Our specialist employment solicitors work with businesses to resolve a wide range of employee disputes, including:
- Breach of contract
- Bullying and harassment at work
- Discrimination or unfair treatment on the ground of gender, race, pregnancy, disability, age, sexual orientation or any other protected characteristic
- Disciplinary processes for senior executives
- Unfair or constructive dismissal
- Managing disciplinary procedures to resolve issues of under performance or misconduct.
Examples of our work:
Defending a nursing agency against a breach of duty of care claim by an agency worker, based on an allegation that sensitive health information about her had been incorrectly recorded.
Helping an independent school resolve a bullying and harassment claim that involved difficult misconduct issues and multiple witnesses offering conflicting testimony.
Resolving multiple constructive dismissal claims against a transport and logistics company relating to work related stress. The claims were concluded with settlement agreements that protected the business from future tribunal claims.
Advising on a swift disciplinary process for a senior executive of a subsidiary of a financial services firm, obviating what could have been an unpleasant and lengthy process and possible adverse publicity.
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