What are the procedures for disciplining employees?

Guide to the correct procedure where you need to think about disciplining an employee for misconduct or capability.

There are a number of steps required for the compliant disciplining of employees, which all employers should adhere to if they are to avoid potentially expensive lawsuits. Employers are expected to follow the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service (Acas) code of practice on disciplinary and grievance procedures. If you fail to follow these guidelines and the issue ends up at an employment tribunal, the tribunal must take that into account and could increase the employee's compensation by up to 25 per cent.

At MyLawyer, we have produced a comprehensive pack of letters and documents that enable an employer to follow the disciplinary process step-by-step.

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Our employee 'Discipline and dismissal (pack)', includes a compromise agreement together with the following letters:

  • Employee disciplinary meeting letter
  • Employee disciplinary meeting outcome letter
  • Employee disciplinary appeal hearing letter
  • Employee dismissal letter after previous disciplinary action and an appeal hearing
  • Employee dismissal letter following previous disciplinary action
  • Employee dismissal letter for gross misconduct
  • Employee dismissal letter for gross misconduct after an appeal hearing
  • Employee formal appeal hearing outcome letter
  • Employee suspension letter pending investigations of allegations

The information on this page applies to England and Wales only.