A quiz for line managers to test their knowledge on the law and practice relating to conducting investigations.
Not all breaches of the Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures (PDF format, 1.58MB) (on the Acas website) will render a dismissal unfair, as this case demonstrates.
Important factors in determining whether or not an employer has dismissed an employee fairly are its size and administrative resources, as the employer in this case found to its cost.
This case is a useful example for employers of how to carry out a disciplinary investigation and hearing into a violent incident, when the alleged victim or witnesses might feel intimidated.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to witnesses to incidents or events giving rise to disciplinary investigations.