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Employers' disciplinary rules set standards and make it clear what conduct is and is not acceptable in the workplace. A disciplinary procedure permits employers to deal fairly and consistently with employees who breach the rules and commit misconduct.
The “Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures” provides employers with the principles for handling workplace disciplinaries. Employment tribunals will take the code into account when considering relevant cases, with the possibility of a 25% adjustment in any compensation awarded.
26 Jun 2017
How can employers ensure reputational damage is kept to a minimum?
19 Jun 2017
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6 Jun 2017
On paper, a worker’s right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing is one of the simplest employment rights there...
24 Apr 2017
Stephen Simpson rounds up recent decisions published on the online database of first-instance employment tribunal judgments
19 Apr 2017
Can employers prevent staff from political campaigning at work? Should employees be banned from displaying their political allegiance, for example...
5 Apr 2017
A recent employment law ruling that it was fair to dismiss an employee partly on the basis of an expired...
4 Apr 2017
An employment tribunal has awarded £25,000 for breach of contract to an employee whose apprenticeship was ended early. Stephen Simpson...
10 Feb 2017
Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out...
13 Dec 2016
During the Christmas period employers face a minefield of HR challenges. How well prepared is your organisation for the festive...
22 Nov 2016
What is the role of HR in the disciplinary process? To what extent can an employer use its appeal process...
7 Sep 2016
A recent case has caused uncertainty about the HR role in disciplinary procedures. HR should certainly not be judge, jury...
6 Sep 2016
Sports Direct is to offer its casual retail workers the opportunity to switch from a zero hours arrangement to a...
11 Aug 2016
In DLA Piper’s latest case report, the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) confirmed that the Acas code of practice on disciplinary...
11 Aug 2016
Suspending an employee suspected of misconduct can have a serious impact on their reputation, so it shouldn’t be automatic in...