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Discipline and dismissal

Employer responsibilities

Employers must handle disciplinary matters fairly and follow a formal disciplinary procedure. They must also make sure employees are not unfairly dismissed, including in redundancy situations.

Failing to do so can lead to costly claims at an Employment Tribunal.

Disciplinary procedure

This section focuses on how to put in place disciplinary rules and procedures, and how to follow them if an employee's performance or conduct isn't up to the expected standard.

It covers:


If you're considering dismissing your employee, this section can help you to act lawfully and follow a fair process. It includes sections on:

Redundancy procedure

See this section for information on how to follow a fair redundancy procedure. It covers:

Settling disputes

See this section to learn about:

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