Susie Munro Editor's message: After completing a disciplinary investigation and implementing disciplinary proceedings, the employer must make a decision on whether or not it is appropriate to take any disciplinary action against the employee. If it decides that disciplinary action is required, it must decide on the appropriate penalty.

When deciding on an appropriate disciplinary penalty, there may be a difficult balance for the employer to strike between acting consistently with previous cases and taking proper account of any mitigating factors.

Susie Munro, senior employment law editor

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