Monthly Archives: May 2017

Dismissal

Issue: Poor timekeeping leading to dismissal. An employee of a small restaurant had a chef who consistently arrived late or did not turn up for his shift. The employee was taken through 3 stages of the disciplinary from procedure with a Hartley Laird consultant’s guidance. From initial stage warning to the dismissal hearing. Our Approach: Advised over the phone for the first 2 hearings leading to 1st written and final written warnings and provided templates and guidance for the disciplinary investigations and hearings. To prepare for dismissal hearing a consultant met with the owner face to face. The Consultant advised the owner of the employment law in relation to contractual issues and also ensured that a thorough investigation had taken place with reference to any mitigation the employee may have including looking at the Equalities Act. We also ensured the employer was aware of the employees’ rights to representation and to a fair and ...

Do your Managers Avoid Difficult conversations?

I have just had a meeting with the Director of Care Home whose is frustrated at the Home Manager for avoiding a difficult conversation as they are now in a situation where a small issue has now become a big one which is why they called me. Where issues do escalate we can support, guide and conduct investigations and disciplinary, capability, redundancy processes but with the right training your managers could prevent the need for HR involvement in a large percentage of scenarios. Lets be honest no one wants to have those difficult and awkward conversations but there are ways to make them easier. Here are a few of the potential consequences of not acting quickly: If issues of conduct, capability or behaviour are not dealt with promptly then they become and accepted form of behaviour and it makes it more difficult to tackle at a later date. Failure to tackle issues promptly can ...