Langleys Solicitors has launched a new service to help employers avoid Employment Tribunal claims and reputational damage when dealing with misconduct in the workplace.
The law firm has introduced disciplinary training for managers, supervisors and HR professionals who carry out inquiries into conduct at work.
Employment law solicitor Lyndsey Crook explains: “Most managers will have to deal with misconduct issues at some stage in their careers and it is important to ensure a proper procedure is followed to avoid any subsequent dismissal being held as unfair by an employment tribunal.”
The employment team at Langleys has developed two training sessions, one focussing on carrying out investigations, which explains why the investigation stage is so important and provides practical guidance on how to carry out a fair and thorough investigation. The second training session covers the entire disciplinary process.
Lyndsey said: “The investigation training covers everything required to be sure of carrying out a full and proper investigation including whether an employee should be suspended while the investigation takes place and the taking of evidence from an employee and witnesses.”
Mini Setty, Employment Partner at Langleys added: “Managers who deal with disciplinary hearings or appeals bear a lot of responsibility and it is important they understand the overall process and the key issues they need to consider. Our training gives managers the confidence to deal with this difficult task.”
The training session can be adapted to reflect a company or organisation’s own disciplinary policy and process or address their experience of common problems which have occurred in the workplace.