Tags: Disciplinary action

Parliament approves Acas changes to disciplinary code of practice

Acas has today published a revision to its code of practice concerning disciplinary and grievance issues in the workplace. The changes, described as ‘minor amendments’, relate to the sections around accompanying work colleagues to disciplinary or grievance meetings. A judgment made by the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) in the case of Toal v GB Oils clarified the…

Emilie Bennetts and Katie Ellis: A fair gross misconduct dismissal – what is the test?

Luis Suarez’s bite during a World Cup game against Italy earned him a nine match and four month ban from football as well as a fine, although of course he is not employed by FIFA. What would have been the likely consequences if he had been in a traditional employment relationship? Assault or violence are…

NHS worker disciplined for ‘bullying’ muslim colleague by inviting her to church sports day

A health worker in East London has been found guilty of three cases of misconduct. Victoria Wasteney, a Christian and a senior occupational therapist working for the East London NHS Foundation Trust, was accused of ‘bullying’ a female Muslim colleague after inviting her to pray with her, by giving her a Christian book about a…

Matt Howse & Lee Harding: Disciplining employees: to err is human, to forgive is divine!

Employers can sometimes feel that the law expects them to be divine when managing employees with the right to bring claims for unfair dismissal (those with more than two years service). The Courts usually expect employers to establish and then apply robust disciplinary procedures when taking action in respect of, for example, poor performance or…

Disciplinaries can sometimes take a nasty turn

Ravinder Kaur, 35, working at the Shams Moopen Dental Practice in Shefford, Bedfordshire, allegedly spiked Practice Manager Laura Knowles’ drink after she received a disciplinary for leaving a patient in the dental chair as she went on her lunch break. In that case, the prosecution alleges that “Ms Kaur, acting out of spite or revenge,…

Misuse of internet and social media driving 15% rise in workplace disciplinaries

Disciplinaries in the workplace have risen by 15% over the past year according to research from specialist HR recruiter Ortus. On average the number of formal disciplinaries carried out in the workplace has increased by 15% over the past twelve months, 16% over the past two years and by nearly a fifth (18%) over the past…

Retailer Hobbycraft’s foreign staff face disciplinary action if they speak in their own language

Hobbycraft’s recent decision of asking its foreign workers in Burton to only use English during working hours might lead to legal consequences, says the Daily Mail. During a meeting held last week, the management of the company informed its staff that an internal policy advised workers to only use English whilst conversing during working hours.…

Two thirds of companies say ethics play a part in their recruitment process

The Institute of Business Ethics (IBE) publishes today (11 December) its seventh survey exploring the mechanisms used by large companies to embed ethical values within business practice and provide guidance to staff. The survey is unique in its ability to track changes that have occurred in the UK FTSE350 since 1995 in the way business organisations develop…

Jean Kelly: How to investigate harassment and bullying complaints robustly

Here are some more tips to help ensure your formal investigations of harassment, bullying and discrimination are sound and effective. Tip – Prepare, prepare, prepare Prior to each interview, the investigator should prepare questions based on the written complaint and relevant documentation received in relation to the complaint. A series of questions should be written…