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.


Supreme Court: Morrisons not vicariously liable for employee’s data leak

Morrisons has successfully argued in the Supreme Court that it cannot be held vicariously liable for a data breach in...

Paterson inquiry: HR processes ‘stood in way of patient safety’

4 Feb 2020

The confidential nature of HR processes in the NHS “stood in the way of patient safety”, according to the independent...

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Timpson employee who threatened to ‘shoot’ colleague was unfairly dismissed

29 Jan 2020

A Timpson employee who threatened to “shoot” a colleague was unfairly dismissed because of the way the company handled the...

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Tesco employee jailed over customer refund thefts

19 Dec 2019

A supermarket employee has been jailed after being found guilty of stealing thousands of pounds in a scam involving customer refunds.

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The 10 most important employment law cases in 2019

11 Dec 2019

We round up the most significant cases of the year including legal judgments on CCTV, restrictive covenants, enhancing shared parental leave, collective bargaining and more...

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Lloyd’s of London staff urged to behave during Christmas party season

6 Dec 2019

Lloyd’s of London has urged its own staff and those of its members to behave correctly at this year’s Christmas...

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Executives lose wrongful dismissal claim over WhatsApp porn

11 Nov 2019

Two men sacked after sharing offensive material on WhatsApp lose their £300,000 claim against their former employer for wrongful dismissal.

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Top 10 HR questions October 2019: Right to be accompanied

5 Nov 2019

Should employers give employees the right to be accompanied to meetings under a redundancy procedure?
Such a meeting could ultimately...

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McDonald’s CEO leaves firm after workplace romance

4 Nov 2019

Steve Easterbrook contravened company values with consensual romantic relationship with colleague.

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HR horrors: How to avoid a Halloween nightmare

30 Oct 2019

As Halloween approaches, it’s time for HR professionals to reflect on the often nightmarish legal situations they face. Clare Gilroy-Scott,...

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MPs to examine police disciplinary system

29 Oct 2019

A group of MPs is to scrutinise the police conduct and disciplinary system and investigate whether wider reforms are needed...

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BBC staff demand answers over Naga Munchetty treatment

4 Oct 2019

Some BBC staff have called on management to formally apologise to presenter Naga Munchetty.

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Top 10 HR questions September 2019: The effect of a leap year on pay

1 Oct 2019

There will be an extra working day in 2020 for many employees, so does the leap year mean extra pay?...

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BBC boss reverses decision against Naga Munchetty

1 Oct 2019

Lord Hall, director general of the BBC, has reversed the decision made by the broadcaster’s executive complaints unit to partially...

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Former chief executive takes Clarks to tribunal over misconduct claims

30 Sep 2019

Mike Shearwood says he was not given the opportunity to defend the claims.

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