Newsflash: ACAS code – disciplinary & grievance procedures

companionWhat do we already know?

We updated you in our December 2013 Newsflash ACAS code consultation: Disciplinary & grievance procedures that ACAS was consulting on amendments to its Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures to reflect the EAT decision that employees had an absolute right to choose their companion for a hearing.

What is new?

ACAS has now published its response to the above consultation and a draft revised Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, available here. This draft Code provides new guidance relating to a worker’s right to be accompanied. It confirms that an employer must agree to a worker’s request to be accompanied by any chosen companion – as long as the companion is a relevant union representative or work colleague. ACAS has also inserted guidance that a worker can change their chosen companion if they wish.