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Here is our opportunity to share experiences about work place issues.

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  • Mark Harris -

    “You didn’t put your grievance on the official grievance form, sorry we cant accept it unless its on the official grievance…..”

    This is probably the most common occurrence with virtually every client that contacts me. What’s more, as there is never any time invested in training employees in grievance procedures, the employee often believes their employer.

    Well they are wrong, wrong , wrong. So wrong it almost feels they know exactly what they are doing.
    So what is the truth behind this mystery. ACAS defines a grievance as;
    “Grievances are concerns, problems or complaints that employees
    raise with their employers.”

    That means;

    if you write to your line manager saying you have a concern – its a grievance.
    if you write to your line manager saying you have a problem – its a grievance.
    if you write to your line manager saying you have a complaint – its a grievance.
    if you write to tell your line manager you have a concern, problem, complaint – its a verbal grievance.
    You are wise if you put it in writing, however, its still a grievance.

    None of these correspondences have to contain the word grievance, nor do they have to be written on any special form.

    Once done, your employer must initiate their grievance procedure otherwise they are in breach of the ACAS Code of Practice.

    Having problems, let me know by sending me a message or phone on the number at the top of the page

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