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Disciplinary & Grievance
This training module will examine the law under various headings to familiarise participants with the legal issues that affect procedures for handling discipline and grievance processes. Particular attention will be paid to the following:
By the end of the programme participants will be able to:
- Identify the nine grounds of discrimination, harassment and victimisation.
- Understand and adopt policy statement on the prevention of harassment.
- Explain clear grievance procedures that constitute 'reasonable steps'.
- Describe the behaviours which could be regarded as undermining an individual’s dignity at work.
- Identify the 6 components required for an individual against whom a complaint has been made.
- Recognise and describe behaviours giving rise to disciplinary proceedings
- Discrimination, Harassment and victimization - The nine grounds of discrimination and harassment will be examined
- Sexual harassment in the workplace - In looking at the law in this area, particular emphasis will be given to the adoption of codes of practice, the adoption of a policy statement on the prevention of harassment, the existence of guidelines as to how all staff should behave and the establishment of clear grievance procedures all constitute the kind of 'reasonable steps' which employers should adopt and which will be accepted by the court as evidence of the employer’s bona fides in this type of dispute.
- Workplace bullying - Issues that will be looked at include informal resolution, formal procedure, disciplinary investigations, Appeal process, and confidentiality
- Fairness of Procedures and Natural Justice - The two principles have been enshrined in the following maxims: Audi Alterem Partem (let the other side be heard) and Nemo iudex in causa sua (nobody should be a judge in his own case). Also covered - the right of an employee against whom a complaint has been made.
- An examination of the law on fair and unfair dismissals, constructive dismissals and the types of conduct giving rise to disciplinary procedure.
They include, among others:
- Clocking offences
- Fighting in the workplace
- Bullying and harassment
- Sexual harassment
- Conflict of interest
- Refusal to work overtime when it is in your contract
- Abuse of sick leave
- Criminal conduct
Duration: One Day
NB: The above relates to the law with regard to Ireland only. Research/use of local knowledge would be imperative for this module when delivered to other jurisdictions.
? This course outline is just a sample of the type of programme that we provide. Each course can be tailored to your suit your companies competencies.