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Podcast: Disciplinary investigations and hearings, and dismissals

In this week's feature-length podcast, Nicky Stibbs, freelance employment law writer, and Max Winthrop, employment partner at Short, Richardson & Forth LLP, answer key questions around disciplinary investigations and hearings, and dismissals, including: the Acas code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures; reliance on past warnings; the role of HR in the disciplinary process; the right to be accompanied; probationary employees; and automatic unfair dismissals. We also discuss more generally the risks that can arise when dismissing an employee with less than two years' service.

The timestamps below will help you to navigate to key areas discussed in this podcast, including:

  • procedure when disciplining an employee [01.01];
  • investigation meetings and disciplinary hearings [02.38];
  • the role of HR in a disciplinary process [05.55];
  • grievances raised during a disciplinary process [06.59];
  • reliance on past warnings [08.37];
  • appeals against a disciplinary sanction [10.40];
  • probationary employees [12.40];
  • automatic unfair dismissals [15.03]; and
  • a probationary employee's statutory right to be accompanied [17.50].