1. Read the disciplinary procedure carefully. Appeals should deal with situations where the employee has been dismissed or another disciplinary sanction has been imposed.
2. Check on what grounds the employee is appealing. Has the employee introduced a new grievance i.e. is the employee complaining that the decision to impose the disciplinary sanction was discriminatory? If the grievance and disciplinary cases are related it may be appropriate to deal with both issues concurrently during the appeal. Alternatively it may necessary to temporarily suspend the disciplinary process and carry out an investigation into the employee’s grievance first.
3. Read all the relevant documentation, including the investigation report, witness statements and minutes of the disciplinary meeting. Record that you have done so.
Failure to return warning letter
Initial letter to be sent to an employee who has failed to return to work.
Conducting a grievance investigation checklist
Checklist providing you with the tools to conduct a thorough grievance investigation.
Outcome of appeal (upholding disciplinary decision)
Template letter upholding an appeal against the disciplinary action.