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.


The 10 most important employment law cases in 2018

As always, HR professionals had their fair share of employment law cases to keep track of in 2018, but what...

Alex Salmond sexual harassment investigation ruled unlawful

8 Jan 2019

Former Scottish first minister Alex Salmond has won his legal challenge against the way the Scottish government handled an investigation...

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Christmas party choking incident leads to unfair dismissal ruling

7 Dec 2018

The manager of a club in Cardiff won an employment tribunal ruling for unfair dismissal after senior staff failed to...

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Christmas in the workplace: 10 common employer queries

5 Dec 2018

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

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NHS manager awarded £1 million pay-out for unfair dismissal

23 Nov 2018

An IT manager at an NHS trust has been awarded £1m in compensation by an employment tribunal after he was...

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Civil servants make hundreds of complaints about harassment

13 Nov 2018

Hundreds of civil servants have complained about sexual harassment or bullying but only a small number have faced disciplinary action...

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Ryanair sacks stranded cabin crew for ‘breach of trust’

7 Nov 2018

Six Ryanair cabin crew were dismissed by the airline this week for “breach of trust” after a photograph was circulated...

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Top 10 HR questions October 2018: annual leave and sickness absence

2 Nov 2018

How should employers deal with annual leave entitlement for employees on long-term sick leave? This issue is dealt with in...

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Were Waitrose Food editor’s ‘killing vegans’ remarks a sackable offence?

1 Nov 2018

The editor of Waitrose’s Food magazine resigned this week after comments he made about “killing vegans” and “force-feeding them meat”...

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Google dismisses 48 staff over sexual harassment

26 Oct 2018

Google has dismissed 48 people – including 13 senior managers – over claims of sexual harassment in the past two...

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Top 10 HR questions September 2018 – probation dismissals and unavailable companions

2 Oct 2018

Can you dismiss before a probationary period ends if they're not up to the job?

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Top 10 HR questions August 2018 – Brexit and executive pay ratios

4 Sep 2018

While progress has been made in some areas of the Brexit negotiations, including agreement on the rights of EU citizens...

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Proceeding with a disciplinary hearing when companion unavailable

4 Sep 2018

XpertHR’s consultant editor Darren Newman looks at a recent decision highlighting the potential danger in proceeding with a disciplinary hearing...

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Schoolgirl awarded £16k in Pizza Hut sexual harassment case

13 Aug 2018

A 17-year-old schoolgirl receptionist at a Pizza Hut Delivery branch in east London has been awarded £15,800 after winning a...

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Nurse who set himself on fire after being dismissed was treated unfairly

9 Aug 2018

A nurse who set himself on fire and died after being dismissed from his job was “treated unfairly”, according to...

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