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.


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Investigations and Covid-19: employers need a pandemic-proof toolkit

27 May 2020

Employers are turning their attention to a host of novel HR issues coming over the horizon.

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Are wearable devices the answer to social distancing in workplaces?

26 May 2020

Could wearable devices that alert workers when they are not adhering to social distancing guidelines help employers bring staff back...

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Police officer banned after stealing breakfasts from staff canteen

22 May 2020

A police officer has been banned from every police force in the UK after he admitted to stealing breakfasts from...

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Tube worker wins £14k after dismissal delays

19 May 2020

A London Underground worker sacked for sexual harassment has been awarded £14,500 for his employer’s failure to conduct a timely...

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Recent case shows employers must consider disability before dismissing staff

13 May 2020

Leeds Teaching hospital case casts fresh light on organisations vulnerability to discriminatory decisions.

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Acas publishes coronavirus disciplinary and grievance guidance

6 May 2020

Employers need to consider whether it is fair or reasonable to conduct a disciplinary or grievance procedure while staff are...

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

1 Apr 2020

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

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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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