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Disciplinary Issues

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Having to Consider Redundancies?

Posted on 12 August 2020

  Here we set out the key areas an employer needs to consider and work through to handle any potential redundancies.   Considerations before Redunda... Continue reading >

Staff Sickness on a Bank Holiday?

Posted on 18 May 2020

How sickness falling on a bank holiday is dealt with depends on whether bank holidays are included within statutory holiday entitlement or are in addi... Continue reading >

Furlough Information

Posted on 28 March 2020

We are in a strange and desperate place just now and due to numerous requests for documentation in relation to the furlough of staff we have temporari... Continue reading >

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Nov, 2018

When should a Disciplinary Hearing be Postponed?        

Posted by Helen in Disciplinary Issues

The Employee Relations Act 1999 provides employees with the right to be accompanied at disciplinary and grievance hearing and the right to postpone a hearing, where representation is unavailable.  Where an employee has requested to be accompanied, and where his/her chosen companion isn’t available at ...

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Aug, 2018

Why Disciplinary Allegations Need to be Specific        

Posted by Helen in Disciplinary Issues

It is a fundamental part of the ACAS Code of Practice in Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures and a good Disciplinary Procedure, that an employee should be notified in writing if there is a disciplinary case to answer.  The notification needs to contain sufficient information about the alleged miscondu...

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Jul, 2018

The Right to be Accompanied        

Posted by Helen in Disciplinary Issues

Under Section 10 of the Employment Relations Act 1999, employees have the right to be accompanied by a companion, at formal disciplinary or grievance meetings.  It is up to the employee to decide if they wish to have a companion present or not.   Informal Meetings Informal meetings such as fact finding...

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Jul, 2018

What is Gross Misconduct?        

Posted by Helen in Disciplinary Issues

Gross misconduct is behaviour, on the part of the employee, which is so bad that it destroys the employer/ employee relationship, makes the relationship irretrievable and warrants dismissal without pay or without pay in lieu of notice.  A single incident could amount to gross misconduct.   What actions...

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