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Unfair Dismissal: Frequently Asked Questions?

Episode 6: Listener questions answered about disciplinary issues & unfair dismissal

In this weeks’ episode of the podcast I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions from Employers about how to deal with disciplinary issues and how to avoid a claim for unfair dismissal. This is the final of 6 episodes that focus on all of the key aspects of unfair dismissal, including everything you need to know to really get to grips with dismissals and what constitutes a fair dismissal.

In this episode 228 I will cover:

  • What to do if an employee fails to attend a disciplinary hearing
  • What to do if an employee is signed off sick during the disciplinary process
  • My suggestion on how you should handle matters if an employee asks to be accompanied at the hearing by someone other than a trade union rep or work colleague
  • How to handle things if you have a small business and you are the only person able to deal with the investigation process and disciplinary hearing
  • How you should deal with the expiry of a Fixed-Term Contract
  • What procedures apply to the expiry of a Fixed-Term Contract

Action Points

If you receive a claim against you in the Employment Tribunal you should get advice to help to mitigate your losses.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

ACAS Code of Practice

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Training for your Team

Would you like to arrange training for your team to reduce the risk of both unhappy employees and claims being made against you? Please get in touch for a no obligation discussion, we can offer training anywhere in the UK in person or delivered remotely via MS Teams.

The types of training we can deliver for you are:

  • An introduction to the Equality Act
  • Equality and Diversity Training
  • An introduction to disciplinary & grievance processes and the law
  • Holding effective 1:1’s
  • Appraisal training—Introduction
  • Appraisal training—Refresher
  • Holding difficult conversations
  • Effective root cause analysis
  • Giving and receiving effective feedback
  • Dealing with change & change management
  • Time management
  • Absence management
  • How to carry out a disciplinary investigation
  • Managing the disciplinary process
  • Managing the grievance process
  • Performance and capability management
  • Assertiveness & managing confidently
  • The skills required to be a good manager
  • An introduction to mental health at work for managers

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As part of our HR Harbour annual subscription service for employers we provide guidance and training for employers, supervisors and managers. If you would like to know more about the HR Harbour Service and how you can get unlimited support from as little as £210 per month please contact me for a no obligation discussion – or you can find full details here: HR Harbour

Don’t forget you can contact us by telephone 01983 897003, 01722 653001, 020 3470 0007, 0191 375 9694 or 023 8098 2006

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