The employment relationship can be terminated fairly for only a few potentially fair reasons, one of which is conduct.
However, being able to rely on one of the potential fair reasons is not enough; you need to ensure you follow the correct procedure and ensure that the procedure is fair. This includes understanding your obligations when conducting disciplinary investigations, disciplinary hearings and appeals.
Disciplinaries and dismissals can be a minefield, especially if the individual raises a grievance and/or goes off sick during the process.
How our employment solicitors can help you
We have extensive experience in advising employers like you on all of these issues.
By following a fair process, you can minimise the disruption to your business and avoid an Employment Tribunal claim being brought against you – or be in the best possible position to defend such a claim.
We will ensure you comply with the requirements of the ACAS Code of Conduct on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures, therefore avoiding a potential uplift (of up to 25%) on any compensation the Tribunal may order you to pay.
Whether it’s a crisis situation or an on-going staff problem, we can guide you through the right process and provide you with the necessary support and documentation. We can also chair disciplinary and appeal hearings for you.
We also provide tailored in-house training courses for HR managers and your staff.