Is there a set timescale for the lodging of appeals against disciplinary decisions?
There is no timescale set out in legislation but a contractual disciplinary procedure will usually state that appeals have to be lodged within a certain period of time. A calendar week and five working days are among the most common timescales provided. Where there is no timescale provided either in the disciplinary procedure or in the disciplinary decision letter itself, an employment tribunal is likely to hold that an appeal should be lodged within a reasonable period of time. What is reasonable will depend on the circumstances of the case. In the non-statutory Acas guide on discipline and grievances at work, Acas recommends that the employer should set a time limit for lodging an appeal and states that five working days is usually enough.