discipline and grievance

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... »

Employment Law: The Basics

Employment Law: The Basics

If you run a business with staff, you need to know your employment law – it’s that simple. Keeping in touch with developments and developing smart policies in line with the law may seem tedious, but failing to do so can be disastrous for your business. In this article, you will find a helpful run-down of the basics of employment law in all the areas you will run into it as a business, and what to do when things go wrong. What should I be aware of when looking for staff? At the interview and selection stage, you must take care to avoid letting prejudice affect your decisions. Discrimination is illegal on the grounds of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership (marital status), pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation. When int... »