Can we continue with a disciplinary process if the employee leaves before the process has concluded?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 1 December 2020
Arthur Cox
Arthur Cox
Issues covered: Discipline and Grievance

You can continue with the disciplinary process after an employee has left the business. However it is worth considering whether this would have any benefit given that employment relationship has ended and the employee is under no obligation to cooperate with the process.

Furthermore, even if the disciplinary process concluded that the employee would have been dismissed, this would have little practical effect as it would not alter the original reason for the employee's employment ending.

However, you may wish to disclose the fact that a disciplinary process was ongoing in a reference if you believe that the recipient of the reference would consider this information relevant. In Bartholomew

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