Employee grievances

How DAS Law can help

Handling employee grievances in the workplace can be tricky. Having the right procedures in place and following best practice can go a long way towards making things right.

Our highly experienced team of over 30 employment lawyers can provide you with practical legal advice and representation if an employee raises a grievance against you.

Some possible outcomes we can achieve for you

  • Advise on the options you can pursue to resolve the grievance.
  • Advise on settlement discussions with a view of reaching an agreement for your employee to exit your business.
  • Representation and guidance through all stages of the Employment Tribunal proceedings.
  • Review and advise upon any training needs or workplace policy changes.
  • Here are some important things you should be aware of if an employee raises a grievance:

    • Our lawyers are highly experienced in handling many types of disputes with employees including, but not limited to: discrimination, remuneration, absence, performance, flexible working.
    • If your workplace policies are out of date, you are less likely to defend a grievance claim.
    • The first step of handling a grievance formally is to ask the employee to put the complaint into writing, setting out the facts. You should then arrange a meeting for them to discuss it.
    • If your employee is not satisfied with the end result of the grievance process, they may decide to bring their case to an Employment Tribunal.
    • It is important to be aware of how much time and resource your business can dedicate to defending a claim.
    • Often there are limited grounds for an employer to recover costs in the Employment Tribunal.

    How much will it cost?

    If you would like DAS Law to help you defend a grievance raised by an employee, there are a number of ways of funding your legal costs, including:

    Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI)

    If you have a commercial insurance policy which includes Legal Expenses Insurance (LEI) cover, your legal costs may be covered by your policy (subject to the terms and conditions of the policy). If you are unsure if your insurance policy includes LEI cover, we will check this with you.

    Commercial LEI

    No Legal Expenses Insurance

    If you do not have this cover, we offer fixed fees and discounted hourly rates. Our employment law specialists will be happy to explain these options to you.

    What to do next

    If you would like to speak to an employment expert about defending an employee grievance, please contact us by calling 0345 604 7298, or email enquiries@daslaw.co.uk.

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    Acting Head of Employment, Solicitor

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