An employee has issued an appeal outside our time limits in the disciplinary procedure. May we reject his appeal on the ground that it is too late or might this be held against us if he pursues a legal claim?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 1 November 2016
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
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If an employee has received a disciplinary warning, they have the right to appeal the employer’s decision. Employer’s should explain this right to appeal in writing and should stipulate any deadlines for making an appeal. This is usually around five working days.

Employers should consider all the surrounding circumstances before rejecting the appeal as out of time. This can include the nature of the appeal and whether or not the full disciplinary procedure was satisfied during the employee’s warning and hearing stage. For example, if an employee appeals a decision out of time because they were not informed of their right to be accompanied to the meeting or no record was kept, then an out of

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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