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.


Reputation management: how to handle employees’ tweets

As debate on politics and society heats up on Twitter and other platforms, HR needs to heed advice on how to handle social media posts that might cause reputational damage

Driver suspended after refusing to drive bus with rainbow-coloured number

14 Aug 2019

A bus driver has been suspended after reportedly refusing to drive a bus decorated with the rainbow-coloured LGBT pride flag....

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Alex Salmond: Botched HR investigation leads to £500k pay-out

14 Aug 2019

Former first minister Alex Salmond has received more than £500,000 in legal costs from the Scottish government following a botched...

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Met PC defies bosses to appear on Big Brother

13 Aug 2019

A Metropolitan police constable is appearing on the Nigerian version of the reality television show Big Brother, despite her manager...

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Top 10 HR questions July 2019: Spent convictions

5 Aug 2019

There are limits to the circumstances in which employers can take a candidate’s past criminal convictions into account when deciding...

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armed forces harassment

MoD vows to tackle harassment and bullying in the armed forces

16 Jul 2019

New measures to stamp out the discrimination, bullying and sexual harassment in some areas of the armed forces have been...

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bullying in parliament

‘HR department’ needed to tackle bullying in Parliament

12 Jul 2019

The House of Commons is in need of an HR department to help stamp out the bullying and harassment that many MPs’ staff experience.

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Wahaca's South Bank branch

Wahaca backtracks on charging waiters over unpaid bills

17 Jun 2019

Mexican-style street food chain Wahaca has altered its policy on making serving staff pay part of the bills of customers who leave without paying.

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Top 10 HR questions May 2019: Ramadan, redundancy and references

5 Jun 2019

Many employers will have staff who have been fasting over the last month, as they observe Ramadan.
The most popular...

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whistleblowing

Whistleblowing culture ‘firmly entrenched’ in the UK

16 May 2019

Although 35% of UK businesses have no system in place for whistleblowing, a comparison with other economically similar nations in Europe shows that the UK is ahead of the curve.

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Proselytising Christian nurse loses second appeal against dismissal

14 May 2019

A nurse in Kent dismissed for “preaching” to patients has lost a second appeal against an employment tribunal ruling that...

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Turning up the heat on employees who tweet

10 May 2019

In the aftermath of Danny Baker's sacking from the BBC this week Kirsty Cooke investigates how employers should handle their employees’ use of social media.

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Top 10 HR questions April 2019: Maximum compensation, holiday entitlement and positive action

2 May 2019

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

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Prison service launched 6,600 disciplinary investigations in five years

30 Apr 2019

Nearly 2,700 prison staff in England and Wales were disciplined between 2013 and 2018 according to data released under the...

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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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