Discipline

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.


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Do traditional grievance procedures destroy relationships?

HR professionals have relied on formal grievance procedures for years, but are they still fit for purpose? In an extract...

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Reputational damage: six preventative measures for employers

26 Jun 2017

How can employers ensure reputational damage is kept to a minimum?

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The heat is on: six summer employment issues

19 Jun 2017

With temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in the next few days, employers may have to deal with a raft of summer...

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Companions at disciplinary hearings: difficult scenarios for HR

6 Jun 2017

On paper, a worker’s right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing is one of the simplest employment rights there...

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Tribunal awards £2 to claimant denied companion at disciplinary hearing

24 Apr 2017

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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Expired warnings, final warning

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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Valentine’s Day: 10 potential problems with workplace romances

10 Feb 2017

Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out...

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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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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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What is the HR role in disciplinary procedures after the Ramphal case?

7 Sep 2016

A recent case has caused uncertainty about the HR role in disciplinary procedures. HR should certainly not be judge, jury...

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Sports Direct scraps zero hours contracts and “six strikes” policy

6 Sep 2016

Sports Direct is to offer its casual retail workers the opportunity to switch from a zero hours arrangement to a...

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A former security guard for defence firm Qinetiq claimed that his dismissal following sickness absence should have followed the Acas code. Photo: Equinox Features/REX/Shutterstock.

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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When should you suspend an employee during a disciplinary investigation?

11 Aug 2016

Suspending an employee suspected of misconduct can have a serious impact on their reputation, so it shouldn’t be automatic in...

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