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Grievances and constructive dismissals workshop at SPDS conference

Lesley Murphy, Partner within Harper Macleod's employment law team, will tackle the difficult subject of grievances and constructive dismissals at the upcoming Society of Personnel Directors Scotland (SPDS) Annual Conference on Friday 9 November.

Dealing with employee grievances can be a challenging and resource draining undertaking. Grievances can consume exorbitant amounts of management and HR time, with recent research highlighting that the time spent by organisations dealing with grievances is on the increase. In 1997 the average time spent by an organisation was nine days per grievance and this has increased to an average of 14.4 days today. Of all the grievances raised in the public sector, research has shown that some 81% are resolved internally, highlighting the significance of efficient grievance processes. Lesley will provide guidance on some of the commonest issues and how to best manage these situations in order to maximise the effectiveness of internal conflict resolution.

The session will also provide an update on constructive dismissal case law and the key principles as applied in different factual contexts. Lesley will also share her thoughts on the legislative reforms affecting such litigation, including protected conversations, tribunal fees and the potential reduction in the compensation cap.

Speaking ahead of the conference Lesley said:

"Dealing with grievances in the workplace can be an extremely difficult and resource draining process which may, despite best efforts, culminate in constructive dismissal proceedings.

"This session aims to provide practical tips on navigating the grievance investigation and hearing, derived from experience in practice, to assist organisations in optimising their internal grievance channels."

The Society of Personnel Directors Scotland (SPDS) Annual Conference is taking place on the 8 & 9 November in St Andrews.

Grievances and Constructive Dismissals Workshop

When: 9 November 2012

Where: The Old Course Hotel, St Andrew, FIFE, KY16 9SP

What time: 09.45 – 10.30