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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4 Sep 2018

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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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25 Jul 2018

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

6 Jul 2018

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Clarks boss gets the boot after behaviour ‘fell short’

26 Jun 2018

The boss of iconic shoemaker Clarks has resigned after the British company said his behaviour had fallen short of the...

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How to kick off the World Cup without an own goal

14 Jun 2018

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1 Jun 2018

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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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6 Dec 2017

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Sexual harassment: the rise of historical allegations

31 Oct 2017

With the reports of historical sexual harassment in Hollywood and now Parliament, employees may feel increasingly able to come forward...

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HR horrors: How to flee four frightening scenarios

31 Oct 2017

Halloween is upon us, but what are the most common HR horrors and how should employers deal with them? Alexandra...

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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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