Disciplinary procedures

A Guide to Disciplinary Action For Small Businesses

A Guide to Disciplinary Action For Small Businesses

Disciplinarily situations can arise in employment for variety of reasons which vary from business to business but usually relate to misconduct and/or poor performance. This can include: Behaviour/attitude at work Poor timekeeping Unexplained or unauthorised absence Health and safety breaches Inappropriate use of telephones, email and internet If there is an issue it’s important not to ignore it or do anything rash in the heat of the moment. If you are unsure about the best course of action then speak to a solicitor as if the disciplinary procedure is not handled correctly it may result in an employment tribunal claim. Informal action Informal action is often a very useful tool and may save time and resources depending on the severity of the conduct. The employee however should be aware tha... »

Disciplinaries: The Correct Way to Handle Things

Disciplinaries: The Correct Way to Handle Things

There are several different reasons why an employer might need to take an employee down the disciplinary route. It may be that they are not performing to the required standards of their role or they have unacceptable levels of absence or timekeeping. In more extreme cases, disciplinary may be as a result of gross misconduct, such as indecent behavior, assault or stealing company property. Whatever the reasons, it is important for employers to follow the correct disciplinary procedure, otherwise they may end up attending an employment tribunal. These are the steps to take to handle disciplinaries in the correct way. Informal meeting No one really enjoys going down the route of disciplinary. It can be just as distressing for the manager, as it is for the employee. As such, it is good practic... »