If an employee has failed to attend a disciplinary hearing, can we proceed in their absence?Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 4 August 2020
When dealing with misconduct by a member of staff, it is important that a fair procedure is followed, otherwise any resulting dismissal may be considered unfair (providing the individual satisfies the eligibility criteria for bringing an unfair dismissal claim). In accordance with the LRA Code of Practice, a disciplinary hearing to discuss any potential issues with an employee is necessary before any disciplinary action is taken. Both the employee and employer should make every effort to attend this meeting.
As per the Labour Relations Agency (LRA) Code of Practice, if an employee cannot attend a disciplinary meeting through reasons which are outside his/her control and of which are
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