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Chairing Disciplinary Hearings

How to chair disciplinary hearing fairly and effectively


This workshop considers what information needs to be presented in a disciplinary hearing and how the meeting should be conducted. The workshop utilises a mixture of resources, case studies and discussion.

Course Content

Conducting a fair process

  • How to identify the relevant policy and procedures
  • What are ACAS's best practice guidelines?
  • What are the rules of 'natural justice'?
  • What is the role of HR?
  • What are the rights of the employee?

The Disciplinary Meeting

  • How to prepare for a disciplinary hearing
  • How to organise the hearing
  • How to decide who should chair the hearing
  • How to decide who needs to attend
  • What records need to be kept?

Chairing the hearing

  • What evidence should be presented?
  • How to manage adjournments
  • Some common pitfalls - and how to manage them
  • What is the decision making process

After the hearing

  • How to communicate the decision
  • What are legitimate grounds for an appeal?
  • How to conduct an appeals process