Discipline and grievances

A disciplinary procedure and grievance procedure permit employers to deal fairly and consistently with employee misconduct and complaints from employees about the workplace.

The “Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures” provides employers with the principles for handling workplace disciplinaries and grievances. Employment tribunals will take the code into account when considering relevant cases, with the possibility of a 25% adjustment in any compensation awarded.


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Tribunal awards £2 to claimant denied companion at disciplinary hearing

Stephen Simpson rounds up recent decisions published on the online database of first-instance employment tribunal judgments

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General election 2017: five things to know about politics in the workplace

19 Apr 2017

Can employers prevent staff from political campaigning at work? Should employees be banned from displaying their political allegiance, for example...

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Does a new tribunal decision mean expired warnings are past their “use by” date?

5 Apr 2017

A recent employment law ruling that it was fair to dismiss an employee partly on the basis of an expired...

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£25,000 for early termination of apprenticeship contract

4 Apr 2017

An employment tribunal has awarded £25,000 for breach of contract to an employee whose apprenticeship was ended early. Stephen Simpson...

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Christmas in the workplace: 10 common employer queries

13 Dec 2016

During the Christmas period employers face a minefield of HR challenges. How well prepared is your organisation for the festive...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2016

30 Nov 2016

What were the most significant employment case law decisions in 2016? Stephen Simpson counts down the 10 most important judgments...

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Disciplinary procedures: three case law lessons for employers

22 Nov 2016

What is the role of HR in the disciplinary process? To what extent can an employer use its appeal process...

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Ill-health dismissals: Acas disciplinary code not applicable

11 Aug 2016

In DLA Piper’s latest case report, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed that the Acas code of practice on disciplinary...

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Top 10 HR questions July 2016: Brexit

2 Aug 2016

As the result of the referendum on the UK’s membership of the EU sank in during July, employers began looking...

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Misconduct warning letters: what to include

29 Jul 2016

Employers often fail to give guidelines to staff on what to include in an oral or written disciplinary warning letter....

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One-off serious mistakes at work: five key cases

17 May 2016

A mistake by a private security company during a training exercise led to a fake bomb being left in a...

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Legal representation at disciplinary hearings: when is there a right?

20 Apr 2016

There is no statutory right for a worker to be accompanied by a legal representative at a disciplinary hearing. However,...

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Unfair dismissal: allegations of bad faith in disciplinary procedures

17 Feb 2016

In DLA Piper’s latest case report, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) held that, where there are allegations of bad faith...

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Dismissal of worker who described bosses as “fascist”

29 Jan 2016

An employment tribunal held that an employee on a final warning was fairly dismissed after becoming aggressive during a meeting...

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Ten ways disciplinary procedures can go wrong for employers

25 Jan 2016

There is nothing more frustrating for employers than discovering that an employee dismissed for blatant misconduct has an arguable claim...

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