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.


Train guard recorded ‘shooting his mouth off’ was unfairly dismissed

21 Sep 2020

Claimant had been covertly recorded by a colleague 'holding forth on strike breakers and Conservative voters'.

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Teacher investigated over indecent images was unfairly dismissed

10 Sep 2020

Judge said claimant not warned he could be dismissed for causing employer reputational damage.

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B&Q reinstates worker who had Covid-19 after appeal

10 Sep 2020

A woman with Covid-19 was initially dismissed from her job for failing to follow absence procedures.

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Drug and alcohol abuse ‘a health concern, not just disciplinary issue’

25 Aug 2020

CIPD: need for investment in training, support programmes and access to occupational health advice around drug and alcohol misuse is greater than ever.

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Sex, alleged lies and settlement agreements

19 Aug 2020

The claim launched by McDonald’s against its ex-CEO highlights the need for care in agreeing exit packages.

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Employee sacked for using Hitler meme wins pay out

11 Aug 2020

A BP employee in Australia who lost his job after sending colleagues a Hitler meme parodying the company’s wage negotiations...

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Strengthen whistleblowing regulations for the third sector, urges charity

26 Jun 2020

Staff should raise concerns without fear of repercussions, says Protect.

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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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