Review - Employment

    August 2010

    Sometimes it seems that lawyers only ever write about cases that impose new burdens or obligations on employers. This month we highlight a number of "employer-friendly" cases that have caught our eye, perhaps because of their rarity.

    No need to conclude grievance procedure before dismissal

    What should you do when an employee raises a grievance at the same time as dismissal or disciplinary action is proposed? Deal with the grievance first or press on with the dismissal or disciplinary proceedings regardless? According to the EAT, there is nothing that says employers must necessarily complete all or any of the grievance procedure (including any appeal) before the dismissal or disciplinary hearing can take place.