As a result of a proposed new code of practice for disciplinary and grievance procedures, employment tribunals may be able to adjust compensation awards by up to 25 per cent, according to one industry practitioner.
John Taylor, chief executive of the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas), stated that the government is introducing a provision that will enable tribunals to make alterations to awards by as much as a quarter if they deem an employer or employee to have unreasonably failed to follow the Acas code.
The new draft code of practice for disciplinary and grievance procedures is intended to simplify and improve the employment dispute resolution system.
About the code, Mr Taylor said: "As well as providing good practice on the handling of discipline and grievance situations, it can also be taken into account by employment tribunals when they consider relevant cases."
According to government figures, there were 132,577 claims accepted by employment tribunals in 2006-07.