Practical guidance on chairing a disciplinary hearing, including the Acas code of practice; the right to be accompanied; and adjournments.
A table summarising the meaning of disciplinary and grievance hearings for the purpose of the right to be accompanied.
The High Court has held that an employee should have been allowed to be accompanied by a lawyer at a disciplinary hearing in circumstances where a consequence of the hearing could be the addition of his name to the register of individuals deemed unsuitable to work with children.
Good practice guidance discussing disciplinary interviewing, including setting up and preparing for the interview, questioning techniques, listening skills and deciding the outcome of the hearing.
In Chairman and Governors of Amwell View School v Dogherty EAT/0243/06, the Employment Appeal Tribunal holds that an employment tribunal was not entitled to admit as evidence in unfair dismissal proceedings recordings of a disciplinary panel's private deliberations.
In Taylor v OCS Group Ltd  IRLR 613 CA, the Court of Appeal holds that defects in the conduct of a disciplinary hearing are capable of being "cured" in an internal appeal even if it does not amount to a full rehearing of the issue. In addition, a deaf employee not given the opportunity to have an interpreter at his disciplinary hearing was not treated less favourably for a reason related to his disability.
This week's case round-up from Eversheds, covering recording of disciplinary hearings.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to disciplinary hearings.