There are two situations where a business may need to address its employees about concerns in the workplace. These have to do with:
- poor conduct; and
- poor performance
The ACAS Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures (the ACAS Code) sets out how the employer should handle a disciplinary situation. Businesses usually have their own written procedure which mirrors the ACAS Code – this written document is called the disciplinary procedure.
The essence of the disciplinary process is for the employer to explain its concerns to the employee, to give the employee an opportunity to explain themselves and for the employer to propose such improvements in conduct and performance as are required.
The disciplinary process may result in disciplinary action, such as the employer issuing a verbal or written warning. In the most serious of cases the employer will consider whether dismissal is an appropriate sanction.
If you are an employee facing disciplinary allegations, then early legal advice can promote the best prospects for a successful outcome. Call us on 020 3948 1900 or complete the enquiry box and we will contact you.
As an employer you need to address the disciplinary process lawfully. We can explain the legal requirements and steer you through the process.
The procedure for an employee to deal with workplace concerns is the grievance procedure.