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.


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

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

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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Why boardrooms must get a grip on occupational fraud

25 Jul 2018

In light of the malicious payroll data breach at Morrisons carried out by a disgruntled employee in 2014, and more...

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Travel disruption: how to deal with staff who are late for work

6 Jul 2018

As emergency timetable revisions and signalling problems continue to cause chaos for rail commuters, Nicholas Le Riche and Zoe MacQueen...

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Sexual harassment: How HR can help develop a culture of respect

26 Jun 2018

Sexual harassment has been brought to the forefront of employers’ attention in recent months, following the rise of the #MeToo...

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Netflix to educate staff after dismissing employee who used ‘N-word’

25 Jun 2018

Netflix has said it will educate its staff about the ways that race, nationality and gender identity affect its organisation...

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Why the BHS v Burchell decision is still relevant 40 years on

21 Jun 2018

In 1978, in British Home Stores v Burchell, the Employment Appeal Tribunal outlined several factors that should be considered when...

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Save the Children investigated over handling of staff misconduct claims

11 Apr 2018

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

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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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