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How to Conduct a Disciplinary Hearing

09 Nov 2011

Service Network and Newcastle based law firm, Hay & Kilner, presented a role-play recently to a packed audience. Sarah HallNeil DwyerSarah Furness and Rodney Jones from the firm’s employment team turned a complex HR situation into a drama that was well received by the audience of 77 guests, who ranged from owner managed businesses to national household names.  Feedback from the guests was very positive:

“Comprehensive explanation from the Hay & Kilner speakers that showed professional excellence”

“Excellent event – well presented, very engaging and informative”

“Very useful to see in practice: the role play was a very powerful way of getting points across”

The seminar consisted of a role-play of a disciplinary hearing between an employer and their employee “Billy”. It was based on a real set of facts and a claim the team had managed for a client. Billy was being disciplined as he had been seen in a pub clearly fit and well despite being off work sick. The Hay & Kilner team played out the hearing in two acts. First, the advice meeting between the solicitor and the manager who was to conduct the hearing, and the second, the disciplinary hearing itself in which each of the charges and supporting evidence that had been gathered was put to Billy.

Employment team – 7.4.11

Following the hearing the guests were divided as to the decision of the employer on Billy’s fate. The team were keen to stress the purpose of the seminar was not the final outcome, but rather to show a complete picture and to provide practical assistance and advice on ACAS’s new code of practice. The audience came away feeling better prepared on how to avoid Tribunal claims in the future.

Hay & Kilner provides free bi-annual employment update seminars, to keep HR professionals and employers fully briefed. Anyone who subscribes to our free of charge monthly employment e-newsletter will receive an invitation to each seminar. By providing seminars and monthly updates, we endeavour to keep employers up-to-date and out of the Tribunals and courts. To receive our regular email bulletin please email employment@hay-kilner.co.uk.