Disciplinary policy and procedures
Why you need a Disciplinary Policy and Procedure
The odds are that all managers will have to deal with a disciplinary procedure at some point in their career, whether it’s giving a staff member a warning or dealing with gross misconduct. From a HR and legal standpoint, it is vital that when dealing with an informal or formal disciplinary, they must do it by the book to avoid any claims being brought against the company.
What is a Disciplinary Policy/Procedure?
A Disciplinary Policy and Procedure will explain to everyone in a company how misconduct will be dealt with - from the initial meetings, to the investigation, and all the way to potential dismissal. The aim of the game is to conduct every case fairly to avoid unfair dismissal or discrimination.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: How long should a disciplinary procedure take?
A: You don’t want to let a disciplinary fester; the whole procedure shouldn’t take longer than three months. Witnesses can forget details of events and a tribunal will want to know that the procedure is being followed without reasonable delay.
Q: What are the requirements for disciplinary procedures?
A: For a disciplinary to be warranted, there must be some kind of misconduct. This misconduct could be a one-off event, or it can be a problem with performance that has tipped from a capability issue to misconduct.
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