An employee joined 6 months ago to undertake a difficult task.
Documented objectives were achieved, despite evidence that some board members – who were not in favour of the task – failed to support his activity.
The board has now decided not to proceed as originally planned – leaving the employee in an untenable position.
The employee signalled that a compromise agreement offering 3 months pay in lieu of notice period, plus a further 3 months pay would be an acceptable exit strategy.
His manager rejects this – relying on the fact he has been with the company less than a year to simply dismiss him with 3 months notice.
The employee asked to raise a grievance – on the basis that managements failure to support him properly has led to this situation.
The employees contract says the grieveance process is intended as a guide to best practice, not as a contractual right.
Is it legitimate to reject the employees request, and give him notice, or are we at risk of some form of breach?