What Is A Grievance Procedure And Why A Company Needs One To Comply With Employment Law
Summary If you are in business and employ people then you should have a proper grievance procedure in place which meets all of the requirements of you local employment laws. This article explains why this is necessary.
Grievance is a procedure to resolve and end problems between two people or parties. This is done in order to maintain peace at work or at the office so that the working environment is efficient and productive. A grievance procedure and the related employment law is a way to make fair judgments and if needed then make a fair transaction that will be satisfactory for both parties. Usually a grievance is filed when a person at work has suffered from things like inequality, fairness in working, mistreatment, abuse, harassment, or unsatisfactory performance. The employee or employer can file a grievance.
A grievance procedure is divided into three stages. The first stage is called the informal stage, the second stage is called the formal stage and the third and last stage is called the appeal process. Whenever there is a grievance appeal, the company and employees try to resolve it by using the informal stage. The immediate supervisor is responsible to resolve any grievance situation and if this is not possible then the case is elevated to a new level, to the senior management. If the problem is still not resolved then the employee might file the grievance at the state level. The formal grievance is a danger zone. A case can be filed if the grievance is rejected and a legal appeal could well be made against the company or the employee.
For a company it is very important that the grievance process that they have in place complies with the relevant employment law. This can have very serious consequences if it does not. Laws are broken all of the time but the thing is most of the time these things are done under the nose of the management and the company owner. This creates havoc and mistrust in the working environment. A proper grievance procedure
and adherence to the relevant employment law gives the employee the power to report any incidents in a discreet manner (if they want to) and make things right again. This also gives a right to the employer that they can “fire” any employee if there are serious allegations against him or her.
To have a healthy working environment it is preferable that the place has a good sense of equality to it. In addition, it provides people with motivation to work harder. With a grievance process that follows the rules laid down in by the local employment law the company makes sure that any disputes arising between the employer and the employees will be managed fairly and even handedly. Moreover, if there is a problem going on the company will be aware of it. This will make sure that the work is not disrupted too much no matter what happens.
Another thing that makes a good grievance process necessary is that it raises a sense of responsibility in the employees and they feel like the management truly care about them. They feel like they are part of the company and will work even harder. A sense of responsibility and commitment is very important when you are working in a company.
Resource The harmony of the workforce is a very important factor when it comes to productivity and if small issues are not dealt with properly then they can become big problems. If you need advice on a grievance procedure you can visit http://www.abbeylegal.com/FAQ/Pages/GrievanceProcedure.aspx or with employment law then go to http://www.abbeylegal.com/FAQ/Pages/EmploymentLaw Discrimination.aspx and you will get good advice there. It is very important that you do this properly as the views of all your employees are critical for the future success of your business and if they feel they are being fairly treated then they will reward you with their loyalty.
Summary For a company it is very important that the grievance process that they have in place complies with the relevant employment law. Thi...