Where an employee who is subject to disciplinary proceedings is a trade union representative, what additional steps should the employer take?

Where an employee who is subject to disciplinary proceedings is a trade union representative, the Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures states that the employer should follow the normal disciplinary procedure but that, depending on the circumstances, it is advisable for the employer also to discuss the issue at an early stage with an official employed by the trade union. Before approaching the trade union, the employer should obtain the employee's agreement to this. The purpose of involving the trade union at an early stage is to avoid any perception that the representative is being victimised because of his or her trade union activity.