All businesses, regardless of size and management, will inevitably face the need to deal with issues of poor performance, allegations of harassment, bullying or discrimination. They may also have to tackle suspected misconduct, ranging from the petty and trivial to the most serious matters of theft and fraud.
Often, managers are too busy and inexperienced to conduct a comprehensive and impartial investigation. This is where our team can help provide a definitive step by step guide of what to do, by whom and when. We can even carry out the investigation for you.
Before disciplinary action is taken, it is essential to carry out a full investigation, both to deter would-be Claimants and to ensure that, if a claim is brought, you are in the best possible position to defend it or negotiate a settlement.
Our team has produced a practical guide, designed to assist employers in dealing with the revised disciplinary and dismissal legislation affecting the vast majority of Employment Tribunal claims.
We are fully familiar with the ACAS Code which is supplemented by a lengthier document and will help to guide you through the pitfalls which lie in wait for the inexperienced.
In particular, we can help in the following ways:
By organising and assisting you to carry out a full investigation into complex issues involving many staff who may be witnesses or who may have made allegations against other colleagues
Helping you to evaluate conflicting evidence so you can focus on the main points, to reach a decision which will ‘stand up in Court’
Reading and reviewing existing evidence
Helping you to produce witness statements which are relevant and helpful.
Assisting in the production of comprehensive hearing notes and written conclusions whether as a warning or dismissal.