Employers and managers often have to deal with misconduct or poor performance by an employee. As your trusted employment law advisor, our Solicitors have many years of experience and expertise in handling disciplinary proceedings, no matter how complex or contentious. It is essential that any disciplinary proceedings hearings conducted by your organisation are fair, transparent, and well organised. Employers must make sure they have appropriate disciplinary policies in place and that these are easily accessible. This will ensure that informed decisions are made at all times and that no issues arise out of disciplinary proceedings that could have a detrimental impact on your business. Disciplinary policies must also be regularly reviewed and updated based on changes in legislation and within the organisation.
As a full-service law firm, we will work as a seamless extension of your in-house legal and HR teams, offering the highest level of disciplinary expertise, support, and guidance. When handling, advising on or representing you in relation to disciplinary proceedings, our aim is to protect you from a claim for unfair dismissal or discrimination from your employee. We offer expert support and guidance through the employment disciplinary hearing process, including preparation for hearings, advice on individual cases and, where necessary, negotiating a termination of employment.
Yes, as an employer, you have a responsibility to provide workers and employees with a written copy of their disciplinary procedure, preferably at the beginning of their employment and when you formally notify them that you intend to take disciplinary action. This procedure should state:
The Acas Code of Practice explains how best to deal with disciplinary situations, including misconduct, poor performance and grievances. The disciplinary procedures you put in place should follow the Acas Code of Practice. Failing to do so will not make you liable to proceedings, but an Employment Tribunal will be legally required to take this into account when it is considering relevant evidence.
The Code states that disciplinary proceedings must be fair and transparent and that the process to be followed by staff should be in writing, specific and clear. It also states that any formal action taken following disciplinary proceedings should be proportionate to the circumstances of the particular case.
When it comes to handling a disciplinary investigation, the Code makes clear that employers should:
By following the Acas disciplinary process carefully, you can ensure even in the case of gross misconduct, the employee concerned is treated fairly and with respect. If a decision is made to dismiss the individual and an unfair dismissal claim is brought, you must be able to demonstrate that the process and outcome were fair.
Wilford Smith was founded over 30 years ago and is now considered one of the UK’s most prestigious law firms, having developed a richly deserved reputation for excellence in our core areas of law, including employment and HR. We are more than just a law firm; we are your trusted legal advisor and will be there at every step of your commercial journey. You are never alone. The advice, support, and representation we provide to your business will be tailored to your needs and specific to your industry sector. You can be assured that with our team handling your disciplinary matter, exceptional outcomes are the norm. In addition to handling a specific disciplinary matter on your behalf, we can also advise on your disciplinary strategy, processes, and policies.
Our employment law teams are based in Sheffield and advise and represent clients throughout England and Wales. Contact us today on 0808 168 5813 to find out how we can help with your disciplinary proceedings.
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