Disciplining employees

When an employment relationship goes wrong, taking action can be a difficult step. It's vital that employers comply with the rules to avoid the risk of getting taken to an Employment Tribunal.

There are certain steps which should be taken when it comes to disciplining employees. The first thing to do is ascertain whether the matter relates to misconduct or poor performance. If an informal chat doesn't solve the issue, a formal disciplinary process should then take place, with potential sanctions being applied. It's important that all the relevant steps are communicated to the employee and that they are provided with a chance to give their side of the story and a right of appeal.