Discipline

Susie Munro

Editor's message: You can help avoid disciplinary issues arising in your organisation by having clear conduct rules in place. This ensures that employees and managers understand the standards expected of them and the consequences of unacceptable conduct.

Having a fair disciplinary procedure is essential to deal with any employee misconduct, while minimising the risk of a tribunal claim. All line managers should be properly trained in the organisation’s disciplinary policies and procedures. In particular, managers with responsibility for carrying out investigations and disciplinary hearings should understand what an employment tribunal would look at when deciding if a disciplinary process was fair, in the event of a claim.

While there is no statutory disciplinary procedure, case law and the “Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures” set out basic principles that must be followed.

Susie Munro, senior employment law editor

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