ACAS has issued guidance for employers on handling disciplinary and grievance processes during the Coronavirus pandemic (available here).
The guidance confirms that employees can still raise a grievance or be subject to a disciplinary whilst they are working from home, following social distancing in the workplace, or on furlough. However, employers must consider if they can carry out a fair and reasonable procedure and the guidance sets out a number of factors to consider, such as:
- complying with public health guidelines;
- taking the views of the employee into account;
- any likely effect on staff health and wellbeing; and
- the employee’s access to any required technology.
The guidance also confirms it applies equally to appeal hearings and helpfully highlights that the Tribunal claim time limits have not changed during the pandemic, regardless of any decisions to postpone the disciplinary or grievance procedure.