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Disciplinary Investigations

At some point, an organisation will face a situation where an allegation of wrongdoing comes to light. In such circumstances it is important to follow the disciplinary procedures of the organisation.

Remember that an allegation of wrongdoing is not proof of anything in itself: it is always necessary to have disciplinary investigations to decide whether or not the allegations should progress to a disciplinary hearing. The hearing will then determine, based on all the evidence, whether or not there was wrongdoing on the part of the individual concerned.

Flawed or non-existent disciplinary investigations may prevent the truth from being exposed, and could prompt inappropriate action to be taken, such as a decision to dismiss the individual. The risks of this approach and subsequent outcome are considerable. For example, If the employee in question is dismissed, and the organisation did not undertake a reasonable disciplinary investigation to establish what happened, the individual may decide to pursue a claim for unfair dismissal.

One option is to have an independent organisation carry out the disciplinary investigations on behalf of your organisation. This approach is likely to reduce the chances of the individual  alleging that the disciplinary process was a foregone conclusion.  In addition, having an independent disciplinary investigation carried out provides an additional level of scrutiny. Plotkin and Chandler has expertise in undertaking disciplinary investigations as well as providing HR consultancy and training on the topic. Disciplinary investigations essentially involve undertaking

interviews, reviewing all the evidence and supplying an investigation report indicating whether the matter should be progressed further or not. We also advise on all aspects of defending an Employment Tribunal claim if such a need arises

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