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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.
31 Oct 2017
With the reports of historical sexual harassment in Hollywood and now Parliament, employees may feel increasingly able to come forward...
31 Oct 2017
Halloween is upon us, but what are the most common HR horrors and how should employers deal with them? Alexandra...
23 Oct 2017
Court decisions from earlier this year have reduced the scope of legal privilege when it comes to protecting documents created...
18 Oct 2017
HR professionals have relied on formal grievance procedures for years, but are they still fit for purpose? In an extract...
26 Jun 2017
How can employers ensure reputational damage is kept to a minimum?
19 Jun 2017
With temperatures exceeding 30 degrees in the next few days, employers may have to deal with a raft of summer...
6 Jun 2017
On paper, a worker’s right to be accompanied at a disciplinary hearing is one of the simplest employment rights there...
24 Apr 2017
Stephen Simpson rounds up recent decisions published on the online database of first-instance employment tribunal judgments
19 Apr 2017
Can employers prevent staff from political campaigning at work? Should employees be banned from displaying their political allegiance, for example...
5 Apr 2017
A recent employment law ruling that it was fair to dismiss an employee partly on the basis of an expired...
4 Apr 2017
An employment tribunal has awarded £25,000 for breach of contract to an employee whose apprenticeship was ended early. Stephen Simpson...
10 Feb 2017
Can employers have rules on personal relationships at work? Is it harassment for a worker to ask a colleague out...
22 Nov 2016
What is the role of HR in the disciplinary process? To what extent can an employer use its appeal process...
7 Sep 2016
A recent case has caused uncertainty about the HR role in disciplinary procedures. HR should certainly not be judge, jury...