How to chair a disciplinary hearing
Author: Tina Elliott
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- Ensure the fair conduct of the hearing and compliance with the rules of natural justice.
- Ensure that you are familiar with the principles in the Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures.
- Ensure that you have the necessary authority to impose disciplinary sanctions.
- Ensure that you act as chair only if you are untainted by the process.
- Depending on the organisation's disciplinary procedures, hear the case alone or with panel members.
- Read in advance any papers submitted for consideration at the hearing.
- Make sure that the employee is aware of his or her right to be accompanied.
- Explain the procedure to be followed, introduce the parties taking part and ensure that someone is appointed to take notes on the proceedings.
- Check that each side has all relevant documents.
- Allow each side to explain its case.
- Adjourn if there is a breach of procedure that needs to be corrected or if new matters arise that require investigation.
- Adjourn to consider the decision and weigh up all the evidence presented.
- Make a decision on a balance of probabilities.
- Act consistently with previous decisions.
- Inform the employee of the decision and the reasons for it.
- Inform the employee of his or her right of appeal.