The statutory dismissal and dispute procedures (SDDPs) have now been repealed with effect from 6 April 2009. However, there are transitional arrangements which set out when the SDDPs will continue to apply to disciplinary action or grievances after that date.

Dismissals and relevant disciplinary action

The SDDPs will continue to apply after 6 April 2009, where either the standard or modified DDP applies and the employer has, on or before 5 April 2009, either:

  • issued a Step 1 letter for the purposes of both the standard or modified DDP or,
  • in the case of the standard DDP, held a Step 2 meeting; or
  • taken “relevant disciplinary action”; or
  • dismissed the employee.

Grievances

The SDDPs will continue to apply after 6 April 2009, where either the standard or modified grievance apply and the action on which the grievance is based occurs either:

  • wholly before 6 April 2009; or
  • begins on or before 5 April 2009 and continues beyond that date and the employee presents a complaint to an employment tribunal or submits a valid grievance (depending on the nature of the claim) (a) on or before 4 July 2009 for claims with a three-month time limit; or (b) on or before 4 October 2009 for claims with a six-month time