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Codes of Practice

Codes of practice are written in clear terms for lay people in order to provide practical guidance on specific topics. The Department for Enterprise has powers to issue Codes for various purposes. To date the following Codes have been issued:

  • Time Off for Trade Union Duties and Activities 1992
  • Sex Discrimination in Employment 2001;
  • Recognition of Trade Unions 2001; and
  • Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures in Employment 2007.

The legal effect of the Codes is that whilst a breach of any of the Codes does not render a person liable for proceedings, they are admissible and are to be taken into account if relevant in any proceedings before the Employment Tribunal. See downloadable documents for copies of the Codes.

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