Some of the most common reasons that a personal grievance is raised by an employee are:
- Unjustified dismissal;
- Unjustified disadvantage;
- Workplace bullying;
There is a particular process when raising a personal grievance that must be followed. For example, an employee only has 90 days to raise a personal grievance against their employer from the date that the grievance arose. After 90 days, an employee can only raise a personal grievance in very limited circumstances. Also, you cannot raise a personal grievance for unjustified dismissal if you are on a 90-day trial period.
Once a personal grievance is raised, the claim can go many ways. Sometimes it is as simple as reaching an agreement between the parties as to an outcome that suits everyone involved. However often parties cannot agree, and the dispute will result in mediation where the parties discuss the matters and reach a settlement agreement.
We would always suggest seeking legal advice before raising a personal grievance if you are an employee, or acting on a personal grievance notice if you are an employer.
It is important that if you want to take a personal grievance against your employer or if you have been notified that an employee is taking a personal grievance against you that you follow the correct process.