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Consultation on changes to UCL Grievance and Harassment and Bullying policies and proposed Dignity at Work Statement

6 November 2014

In response to the policy review requested by the HR Policy Committee (HRPC), UCL's Grievance policy has been redrafted.

portico It is also proposed to introduce a new UCL Dignity at Work statement and that the grievance procedure will be used to deal with complaints of harassment and bullying. The Harassment and Bullying policy will no longer remain as a separate document.

The broad aims of the revised Grievance policy are to focus on early resolution, through mediation and other means of early dispute resolution; speeding up hearing arrangements and a reduction in paperwork / administration whilst ensuring the focus clearly remains on identifying and resolving key issues with the aim of achieving a positive and productive working environment, where dispute and conflict is at a minimum.

The Dignity at Work statement aims to clearly and simply identify why everyone deserves to be treated with fairness and respect, explain what unacceptable behaviour looks like, and suggests how it can be dealt with. The Statement aims to be wider in scope than the current harassment and bullying policy and to promote recognition of diversity within the workplace.

These draft documents have been given approval by the Human Resources Management Advisory Group (HRMAG) and shared and discussed with colleagues from UCU, Unison and Unite through the Joint Consultative and Negotiating Group (JCNG).

It is proposed that these new policies will apply to all existing UCL staff members, including those who will have transferred to UCL under TUPE arrangements.

All employees and other stakeholders are now invited and encouraged to review the proposed documents and share their comments.  The all staff consultation is open from 6  - 21 November.

To participate, please visit the consultation website.

Fiona Daffern, Head of Employment Policy Development