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All things Disciplinary and Grievance

With all the best intentions in the world, it is inevitable that any Business with employees will need to refer to their Disciplinary or Grievance procedures at some point. Since Employment Tribunal fees were abolished in 2017 there has been a steady increase in claims being made. The types of claims that have increased the most include:

• Unfair dismissal
• Sex discrimination
• Disability discrimination

Below we have provided 2 scenarios that Businesses could make, which may lead to having to defend a claim:

Firing someone WITHOUT going through the disciplinary procedure

If you need to fire someone, for any reason, you must go through the Disciplinary procedure first.

Even if you caught them red-handed stealing from you, you must follow your Disciplinary Procedure. There are no exceptions.

Not Taking a complaint from an employee seriously

We all know that person or employee that has a negative attitude and complains about everything. If it is something: They repeat, is of a serious nature or If they put it in writing, you need to take action.

You can try and resolve the issue informally to start with, but you cannot ignore it.

Would you feel confident that you have the help of a clear procedure that ensures fair and legal action?

It could be an employee has a problem with you or a colleague? Their performance is extremely unsatisfactory? Or their behaviour is unprofessional? To name but a few…….

If you have an issue raised to you or are considering dismissing an employee, or need help or advice with performance management, contact us to make sure you won’t find yourself on the wrong side of the law!

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Management Essential Programmes

We are excited to soon be releasing our ‘Management Essential Programme’ which will include a workshop on ‘Disciplinary and Grievance procedures’ taking place in September 2021.

The workshop will run through some examples as well as providing you with some tips and tools to manage them effectively and most importantly be legally compliant.

We will also be covering topics from:

  • Absence Management
  • Managing Performance
  • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion
  • Giving & Receiving Feedback
  • Handling Difficult Conversations


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