December 22 2008: In April 2009, the current statutory Grievance and Disciplinary process will be repealed and organisations will be encouraged to use early resolution tools where disputes exist. The preface in the new ACAS code of conduct refers to the role that third parties can play in this process. In particular, it refers the role that workplace mediation should play within the guidlines of the new framework.
This is timely, as mediation and conflict resolution strategies have been proven to save organisations time and money. In a time of economic uncertainty this represents a great opportunity for organisations to engage in early resolution principles that deliver cost benefits. For more on the proposed legislative changes, please click here: http://www.berr.gov.uk/whatwedo/employment/Resolving_disputes/index.html
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