The government has completed its consultation on resolving disputes in the workplace and have implemented a number of proposals in the Employment Simplification Bill for the next session of parliament. The purpose of the proposals is to bring about effective dispute resolutions as early as possible.

The findings emphasise that the current statutory dismissal, disciplinary and grievance procedures should be replaced as they are too focused on process and penalties. The review found a need for clear, simple non-descriptive guidelines on grievances, discipline and dismissal in the workplace, for both employees and employers. This has been supported by Acas but they rejected the view that a ‘one size fits all’ approach would be a suitable alternative.

There is support for simpler guidance with the government suggesting a new impartial telephone and internet advice service to assist in resolving employment disputes.