Essay about understanding discipline in the workplace

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Understanding discipline in the workplace 1.1 Disciplinary rules and procedures are important in a workplace to set out the boundaries of acceptable conduct and satisfactory performance, and to ensure fair and equal treatment of all employees. Since 1977 there has been a Code of Practice on disciplinary practice and procedures issued by ACAS. A revised version of the ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures came into effect on 6 April 2009. The Code must be taken into account by an Employment Tribunal in situations to which it applies. It is also important that employees know what standards of conduct and performance are expected of them. The written particulars of employment that must be provided to every…show more content…
Formal disciplinary procedure Stage 1(A) First Formal Action – unsatisfactory performance In cases of unsatisfactory performance, an employee will be given an ‘improvement note’ setting out: The performance problem The improvement that is required. The timescale for achieving this improvement. A review date. Any support the employer will provide to assist. This note will be used as the basis of monitoring and reviewing performance, and will remain valid for 6 months. If an employee’s unsatisfactory performance is sufficiently serious, it may be justifiable to move directly to a final written warning. Stage 1(B) First Formal Action – Misconduct In case of misconduct, employees will be issued with a first written warning which will remain on file for 6 months subject to satisfactory conduct. Stage 2 Final Written Warning Issued for very serious offences not warranting immediate dismissal, or if further misconduct has occurred or if any necessary improvement in conduct or performance has not been made. Final written warnings will remain on file for 12 months subject to satisfactory conduct or performance. Stage 3 Dismissal (Procedure or Summary) If the employee has received a final written warning, further misconduct or unsatisfactory performance may lead to dismissal. In cases of Procedural Dismissal, an employee will receive the appropriate notice or payment in lieu of notice. In cases of
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