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Handling staff disciplinary and grievance issues is never a pleasant task, but with our help you can be reassured that you will comply with the required legal process and the Acas Code of Practice. Where you need it we can also sit in alongside you in hearings to support the process and make the whole experience as painless as possible.
Having a fair disciplinary procedure is essential for dealing effectively with any employee misconduct, while minimising the risk of successful tribunal claims. There is no statutory disciplinary procedure but the Acas Code of Practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures, together with relevant case law establish some basic principles that must be followed.
We will provide you with disciplinary and grievance procedures that comply with these requirements and which meet the needs of your business.
Investigations are essential too – a thorough investigation must be carried out in any case of suspected employee misconduct or any grievance allegation and the investigating officer cannot then be involved in any subsequent hearing. Turnstone HR can carry out an investigation for you, reassuring your employees of an impartial approach and freeing up your managers to handle the subsequent hearings….. or vice versa, if you prefer.
Sometimes employees underperform through no fault of their own – perhaps because they do not have the necessary skills to do their job, or have had so much time off sick that an unfair burden is placed on the rest of the team. In these situations a capability procedure is the appropriate tool to use for managing an employee back to full performance or, if necessary, out of the business. Particular care is needed in handling ill-health dismissals to ensure you will not be faced with a disability discrimination claim at a later date.
A retainer arrangement with us will provide you with the ultimate peace of mind by giving you access to advice from a consultant on any of these matters, at any time, but we are equally happy to supply the relevant procedures, and support you with advice and guidance on a project basis.