How to Deal with Grievances During Disciplinary Procedures
Could employers risk an unfair dismissal claim if they do not pause the process?
One issue which troubles HR professionals is how to deal with a grievance lodged by an employee during the course of a disciplinary process. Should the disciplinary procedure be put on hold until the grievance process is concluded? Dechert partner Charles Wynn-Evans considers whether failing to pause the disciplinary procedure risks a subsequent dismissal being unfair?
A recent case, Jinadu v Docklands Buses, provides a useful opportunity to consider how employers should react when dealing with this situation.
This article was first published by CIPD in May 2015.