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The Ecclesiastical Offices (Terms of Service) Regulations 2009

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Grievance procedures

Archbishops’ Council to issue Codes of Practice concerning grievance procedures

32.—(1) The Archbishops’ Council shall issue a Code of Practice under section 8 of the Measure containing procedures for enabling an office holder to seek redress for grievances.

(2) Any Code of Practice issued under paragraph (1) above shall make provision for—

(a)the office holder to state his or her grievance in writing;

(b)informing the office holder of the person or authority to whom or to which the office holder is to address the grievance;

(c)informing the office holder of the procedures to be followed in discussing the grievance and for taking any action to redress it, including the opportunity for a meeting between the office holder and the person or authority to whom or to which the grievance is to be addressed;

(d)rights of appeal against the decision relating to the grievance and informing the office holder of such rights; and

(e)informing the office holder of any action which may be taken following the completion of the procedure.

(3) Any Code of Practice issued under paragraph (1) above may provide for different procedures for different circumstances and may make provision for any other matters which the Archbishops’ Council considers appropriate.

(4) When issuing a Code of Practice under paragraph (1) above the Archbishops’ Council shall endeavour to ensure that an office holder who seeks redress under this regulation is placed in a position which is no less favourable than that in which an employee would be placed under a Code of Practice issued under Chapter III of Part IV of the Trade Union and Labour Relations (Consolidation) Act 1992 (1).

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