From 6 April 2009 there is now less emphasis on the mechanics of how to manage disciplinary issues, grievances and dismissals and more flexibility to resolve problems at an early stage and in a way that suits you best.
If you’re not already up to speed on the changes, you should be. ACAS has produce a Code for dismissal and grievance procedures. The Code isn’t mandatory but will be taken into account by Tribunals when considering cases.
For the Code, visit http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2174
For the ACAS guidelines, visit http://www.acas.org.uk/index.aspx?articleid=2179