Susie Munro Editor's message: Where an employer is considering taking disciplinary action against an employee, it is essential that it carries out an adequate investigation, to establish the relevant facts before making a decision as to whether or not to proceed.

Employers should follow the principles of the Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures when deciding on the extent of the investigation and who should carry it out. An investigation is likely to include interviews with the employee concerned and any witnesses to the alleged misconduct as well as consideration of any relevant documents.

Susie Munro, senior employment law editor

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