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Disciplinary rules and procedures: local authority

This item is part of Disciplinary rules and procedures

Updating author: Susie Munro
Consultant editor: Laurie Anstis


  • Authorities need to be clear about the terms used if incorporating the right to be accompanied by anyone other than a union official or a colleague into any disciplinary procedure. (See Accompaniment by someone other than a union official or a colleague)
  • There is no nationally prescribed disciplinary procedures for staff employed under the terms of the National Joint Council for Local Government Services, although the Green Book sets out certain requirements. (See Green Book provisions)
  • Councillors are not allowed to be involved in disciplinary processes in relation to staff below deputy chief officer, although they may hear appeals. (See Involvement of councillors)
  • There are specific statutory provisions relating to disciplinary action against the head of paid service, the monitoring officer and the chief finance officer. (See Action against the head of paid service, monitoring officer and chief finance officer)
  • Suspension is not a disciplinary measure (unless specifically so defined in an employee's contract of employment) and should not be used without justification. (See Suspension)