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.


Save the Children investigated over handling of staff misconduct claims

The charity Save the Children is being investigated by the Charity Commission over how it handled allegations of misconduct and...

Misconduct dismissals: Could the long-established approach to fairness be open to question?

28 Mar 2018

XpertHR consultant editor Darren Newman considers a recent case in which the Supreme Court judges seemed to cast doubt on...

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Charity scandal: can employers inform others about misconduct?

23 Feb 2018

Amid the misconduct scandal surrounding the charity sector, Oxfam and other charities suggest that better systems to inform other prospective...

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Top 10 HR questions December 2017: Workers’ rights post-Brexit

2 Jan 2018

December saw the announcement of an agreement between the UK and the EU on citizens’ rights following Brexit. Employers are...

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Christmas in the workplace: 10 common employer queries

6 Dec 2017

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

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How can employers protect documents from internal investigations?

23 Oct 2017

Court decisions from earlier this year have reduced the scope of legal privilege when it comes to protecting documents created...

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Do traditional grievance procedures destroy relationships?

18 Oct 2017

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

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Top 10 HR questions September 2017: Travel time and zero hours status

3 Oct 2017

Should you include time spent travelling when calculating employees’ working time? The number one FAQ for September deals with this...

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Grievance procedures: Five-step guide for employers

5 Jul 2017

Dealing with a grievance promptly and fairly is vital for employers aiming to reduce the risk of employment tribunal claims....

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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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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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Top 10 HR questions May 2017: Some other substantial reason

5 Jun 2017

Perhaps the general election means that the collective HR consciousness has its mind elsewhere, or maybe it’s the effect of...

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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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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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