Every employer is required, by law, to have a Disciplinary Procedure in place.
- It allows for warnings to be given for failure to meet service standards of job performance, conduct and attendance.
- A breach of the employee's terms and conditions of employment may also prompt disciplinary action.
As well as helping employees to achieve and maintain high standards of conduct, the Disciplinary Policy is also used for dealing with misconduct and gross misconduct.
Adherence to the Stages in a Disciplinary Procedure
A Disciplinary Procedure has a number of stages to go through, from informal through to formal and it is very important that these stages are adhered to.
In the informal stage an issue is highlighted to the staff member and they are informed that if the situation arises again, or there is no improvement in performance, conduct etc, the formal disciplinary process will be invoked.
In the formal stage there are usually a number of levels of warnings in the formal process from a verbal warning to a number of written warnings leading to dismissal.
Employers should refer to the LRC Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures.
- You MUST have a Disciplinary Policy in place
- You must adhere to the principles of natural justice
- The Disciplinary Policy can be used for a number of different performance and conduct issues
- Formal warning should never be issued without following due process and considering the employee's case
- An employee has the right to appeal at any stage of the process - it is useful to become familiar with the appeal process
- Employees must have the right to representation