From the 6 April 2009 two important changes occur.
Disciplinary, dismissal and grievance issues
There will be more flexible rules in connection with disciplinary, dismissal and grievance issues.
The existing statutory procedures as set out in the Employment Act 2002 will be repealed and a new ACAS Code will come into being.
Employment Tribunals will have discretionary powers to adjust awards by up to 25% if employers or employees have failed unreasonably to comply with the Code.
In short, the new dispute resolution system places increased emphasis on alternative dispute resolution mechanisms, including mediation, to encourage earlier resolution.
The right to request flexible working is being extended to all parents of children aged 16 years or under.
We recommend that employers review their existing procedures. For more information as to how you might be affected, please contact us to arrange a consultation.