Disciplinary procedures

Date last reviewed

Friday, June 23, 2017

Sarah Thompson, a lawyer at McGuireWoods London LLP, goes through the procedure to follow when taking disciplinary action against an employee.


Who should watch this?

Watch this if you want to take disciplinary action against an employee, for example for their poor performance or misconduct.

The content of this video is accurate as at June 2017 (but see 'Update' section below). 

What does the video cover?

The video will cover questions such as:

  • Do we need to have a disciplinary policy and what should it include?
  • What procedure do we need to follow if we want to take disciplinary action against an employee?
  • What happens in a disciplinary meeting?
  • What is Acas?
  • Is it appropriate to formally discipline a volunteer?

Running time: 11mins 

  • Title page (0.23)
  • Introduction (0.20)
  • Overview (0.35)
  • Employees (1.03)
  • Procedure requirement and dealing with volunteers (0.46)
  • Disciplinary policy (0.55)
  • What to include in a policy (0.47)
  • ACAS (1.03)
  • Investigation (0.59)
  • Invitation to meeting (0.44)
  • Disciplinary meeting (0.46)
  • Decision (0.37)
  • Right of appeal (0.46)
  • Practical steps (0.58)
  • Summary (0.08)


​Any references in this video to the ACAS Code of Practice should be construed as references to the revised Code which came into force on 11 March 2015.

Special thanks to

Sarah Thompson and McGuireWoods London LLP

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Date last reviewed

June 2017


Date of publication

Friday, January 15, 2016

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