As of the 1st October 2004, all businesses are required to follow a minimum statutory disciplinary procedure. Failure to do so could result in heavy fines at an employment tribunal.
A disciplinary issue usually arises when the actions of an employee have had a negative impact on your business, for example in the case of misconduct or poor performance.
Disciplinary procedures provide a clear and transparent framework to deal with difficulties which may arise as part of a working relationship from the perspective of either the employer or employee.
Bespoke HR will be able to guide businesses through the disciplinary procedures, step by step – ensuring that the statutory disciplinary procedure is met.
Good grievance procedures are as important as disciplinary procedures. If a grievance is not dealt with according to the statutory procedures, the employee may be able to lodge a complaint with a tribunal. Should they then be successful with that claim the business could then be ordered to pay extra compensation as a fine for not following correct procedures.
Grievance procedures are needed