An employee fails to meet targets/deadlines – how can I proceed?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 2 April 2013
Arthur Cox
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It is best practice where an employee is underperforming for the employer to work with the employee to encourage improvement. Concerns over performance should be dealt with fairly so that steps are taken to establish facts and give employees the opportunity to respond at a hearing before any formal action is taken.

In the first instance, performance issues should normally be dealt with informally between the employee and their line manager as part of day to day management. A formal procedure should be used for more serious cases, or in any case where an earlier informal discussion has not resulted in a satisfactory improvement.

If the employer considers that there are grounds for taking

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