In the context of employment law, Codes of Practice are issued from time to time by official and government agencies. Examples of such Codes of Practice are:
The Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures (www.practicallaw.com/9-200-4742), issued by Acas (www.practicallaw.com/5-200-3023) (see Practice notes, Discipline under the Acas Code: a quick guide (www.practicallaw.com/3-385-0478) and Grievances under the Acas Code: a quick guide (www.practicallaw.com/1-385-0479)).
The Information Commissioner: Employment Practices Code (www.practicallaw.com/8-200-9113), issued by the Information Commissioner (www.practicallaw.com/3-107-6262) (see Practice note, Employer obligations under the Data Protection Act 1998: Guidance from the Information Commissioner).
The EHRC Employment Statutory Code of Practice (www.practicallaw.com/7-503-6038), issued by the Equality and Human Rights Commission (www.practicallaw.com/4-376-5234) (see Practice note, Equality and Human Rights Commission: Issuing codes of practice).
Failure by an employer to act in accordance with a Code of Practice does not of itself render them liable to proceedings, but such failure is admissible in evidence before an employment tribunal (www.practicallaw.com/9-200-2984) which may take it into account in determining any claim before them, such as whether a claimant has been unfairly dismissed (www.practicallaw.com/0-200-3624) or has suffered unlawful discrimination (www.practicallaw.com/6-200-3174).