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How an employer deals with grievance in the workplace is something that is governed mainly by the ACAS Code of Conduct.
The Code states: "Employers and employees should raise and deal with issues promptly and should not unreasonably delay meetings, decisions or confirmation of those decisions." It then also states: "Employers should arrange for a formal meeting to be held without unreasonable delay after a grievance is received." And that: "Managers should arrange a meeting, ideally within five working days, in private where there will not be interruptions"
As you can see any grievance must be acknowledged without unreasonable delay and ideally a grievance meeting held within 5 days. This is not strict law and it is just a Code but it is taken into account by tribunals if a claim is made against the employer and if the employer is found to have breached it then the tribunal can award an increase in compensation if the employee is successful in their claim. To that end I would be minded to write formally if I was you to your employer and point out that this has now been hanging over your head for 3 months and you would like thew matter to be resolved. This seems a completely unreasonable period in light of the guidance. Happy to discuss. Please rate positive.
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