What is Disciplinary Procedure?
A Staff Handbook or a contract of employment will usually contain a disciplinary procedure. This will set out in stages the procedure an employer usually has to follow before dismissing someone for conduct or other reasons.
It will usually involve a disciplinary hearing and a right to appeal. All employees are entitled to be accompanied to a disciplinary meeting by either a trade union representative or a colleague.
In most Employment Tribunal proceedings (but not all) an unreasonable failure to follow the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary Procedures could result in any compensation being reduced. This applies to both the employer and the employee failing to follow the Code.
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