10 common disciplinary mistakes
Disciplinary proceedings can be a minefield and getting the process wrong can be costly and damaging to your business. Listed...
Are you considering taking action against an employee, more specifically, dismissing them without notice? When it comes to instant dismissal, if you’re not sure where you stand as an employer, you could end up with an employment tribunal on your hands which can be very stressful and time-consuming to deal with.
We know terminating contracts can be extremely challenging to face for both employers and employees but if your policies are clearly outlined in your handbooks and contracts of employment, everyone should know where they stand.
Certain acts and behaviours – otherwise known as gross misconduct – allow you to instantly dismiss an employee without notice.
What is gross misconduct?
Gross misconduct is an act that is so serious it warrants immediate dismissal, without notice, for a first-time offense. There are very specific acts that constitute gross misconduct, and these include:
This kind of behaviour can incur huge costs for your business and even damage your relationships with clients, customers, and service users, and breaks down trust between you and your employee.
How is it different to misconduct?
Gross misconduct is serious enough to dismiss an employee straight away, whereas misconduct is a less serious offence, and only warrants a warning.
Examples of misconduct are:
All of the above points can be worked on if you take the right disciplinary procedures which might involve verbal warnings, holding an investigation, etc.
Following a fair dismissal procedure
Before you make the decision to dismiss an employee, you must follow a fair dismissal process. Here are the eight fundamental considerations to follow:
How can Citation help?
From managing employment contracts to dealing with dismissals, our team of experts can be by your side day and night to help you navigate the complexities of HR & Employment Law.
You’ll get 24/7, 365 days a year access to our advice line – so whatever your issue, there’s someone on the other end of a phone call to help you and your business out.
You’ll also receive access to our online platform, Atlas. That way you can store, amend and distribute contracts – and much more – all from one, cloud-based platform.
Plus, we’ll make sure to keep you updated as soon as any legislation is updated or if your responsibilities change.
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