Disciplining employees

When an employment relationship goes wrong, taking action can be a difficult step. It's vital that employers comply with the rules and procedures necessary to discipline employees in order to avoid the risk of getting taken to an Employment Tribunal. Use a Dismissal checklist to ensure you have followed the necessary steps.

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 talk 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 present their case and defence and be given a right of appeal.