On 6th April, 2009, the statutory procedures of dispute resolution had been abolished. The ACAS Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures has been replaced by a revision in the non- statutory ACAS Guide on Grievances and Discipline at work (Hall and Purcell, 2012). There are certain significant changes involved in the code that can be identified in a significant manner. The modified and standards statutory procedure to deal with disciplinary grievances and situations have been abolished.
In addition to this, the sanction related to automatic unfair dismissal with respect to failure of procedure within a process of dismissal have been abolished as well. There will be no application for the compulsory penalty in finance for failure in following the statutory procedure. However, the new code will be giving tribunals the discretion for increasing or decreasing the compensation by a maximum amount of 25 per cent (Hall and Purcell, 2012). Employees will not be holding the obligation for bringing a grievance in order to lodge a claim.
In addition to this, the employers will not be holding the obligation for considering the grievance of an employees if that specific employee is not under the terms of employment anymore. Apart from all of these changes, rules have been simplified over the limits on time in order to bring and to defend the claims.
Principle of Natural Justice
The principles of natural justice show concern towards fairness of procedures and contribute in ensuring a fair decision is approached by a decision maker who is objective in nature. Maintenance of procedural fairness contributes in protecting the rights held by individuals and contributes in the enhancement of public confidence within the process (Barrett, 2000). Two terms are used for referring to these types of situations.
The first term is audi alteram partem that means the right of being heard. The second term is nemo judex in parte sua that means that no individual will be judging their own case. This particular principle involves three main rules of law that are supposed to be considered and applied for maintaining procedural fairness and natural justice (Hall and Purcell, 2012). These are the Hearing Rule, the Bias Rule and the Evidence Rule.