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 April 2019: Maximum compensation, holiday entitlement and positive action

The annual increase to the limits on compensation that can be awarded in an...

Top 10 HR questions March 2019: Anonymous witness rights

2 Apr 2019

If a witness in a disciplinary procedure wishes to remain anonymous, how can the employer balance their privacy against the...

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School loses appeal in gay headteacher constructive dismissal decision

25 Mar 2019

A school in Wales has had its appeal dismissed in a case where a gay headteacher claimed for constructive dismissal....

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Suspending an employee: Avoiding a knee-jerk reaction

25 Mar 2019

An employee facing disciplinary action may be legitimately suspended from work, but there are circumstances where any such suspension may...

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Loopholes leave Westminster staff vulnerable to sexual harassment

26 Feb 2019

Workers in Westminster are left “woefully unprotected” if they are sexually harassed in Parliament, due to glaring loopholes in equality...

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NHS staff make hundreds of bullying and harassment complaints

25 Feb 2019

Hundreds of bullying and sexual harassment allegations have been made against NHS staff over the past five years, further highlighting...

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NHS worker who reported suicidal thoughts was unfairly dismissed

21 Feb 2019

An NHS ambulance technician who was threatened with legal action after he reported feeling suicidal was unfairly dismissed, a tribunal...

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2018

11 Jan 2019

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

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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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