Disciplinary procedures and action against you at work

How disciplinary procedures work

Your employer should put their disciplinary procedure in writing, and make it easily available to all staff.

It should say what performance and behaviour might lead to disciplinary action and what action your employer might take.

It should also include the name of someone you can speak to if you do not agree with your employer’s disciplinary decision.

Disciplinary steps

Your employer’s disciplinary procedure should include the following steps:

  1. A letter setting out the issue.

  2. A meeting to discuss the issue.

  3. A disciplinary decision.

  4. A chance to appeal this decision.

Acas (Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service) Code of Practice

Your employer’s disciplinary procedures should follow the Acas code of practice.

Your employer does not have to follow the Acas code. However, if they do not and you win an employment tribunal against them, you could get a larger payout.

There’s more guidance about how employers should run disciplinaries in the Acas guide on discipline and grievances at work.

Disciplinary procedures and employment contracts

Your employer can also put their disciplinary procedures in your employment contract.

If your employer does this and then does not follow these procedures you could sue them for breach of contract.

Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has different ways of solving workplace disputes.