The Scottish Grocers' Federation and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (ACAS) have teamed up to help small retailers avoid the threat of employment tribunals. The SGF is holding a workshop in January designed to give small retailers guidance on how to reduce the risk of employee claims which can arise through confusion over their terms and conditions of work. ACAS points out that employers often have difficulty determining disciplinary rules and procedures The workshop will also examine how to make changes to employment contracts and help employers draw up clear and fair procedures and demonstrate how they have been correctly applied, said SGF chief executive Scott Landsburgh. They will then be in a better position to support their decisions in a dispute or at a tribunal. "Tribunals can cost a fortune, and I would not recommend any of our members to attend without legal representation. Ideally, disputes can be resolved prior to a tribunal," Landsburgh said. Employers will be made aware of their legal obligations to ensure staff know exactly what their terms of employment are and that all parties know what the company's disciplinary procedures are, he added. After the workshop, retailers will be given working examples of statements of terms of employment, of disciplinary procedures and company rules. The workshop will be at Federation House, Edinburgh, on January 31. {{PEOPLE MOVES }}