Whilst a failure to follow a full procedure does not make any dismissal automatically unfair (nor will it automatically give an employee with a grievance grounds to claim constructive dismissal), it may render any final disciplinary or grievance decision unfair or unreasonable.

If a claim is successful against an employer at the employment tribunal, any compensation can be increased by between 10-25% for failure to follow the Acas Code of Practice. It is therefore very important to ensure that a fair and reasonable procedure is followed when dealing with any disciplinary or grievance issue.

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