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Conducting Disciplinary Investigations and Hearings


Clear, practical guidance on how to conduct workplace investigations and hearings.

Business need


The proper handling of discipline at work is central to good employment relations. A failure to consistently follow best practice guidelines can lead to a perception of unfairness amongst the workforce, or indeed legal action.

Our emphasis is on the use of discussion and practical exercises to help you understand the principles involved in conducting fair investigations and the making of sound disciplinary decisions.

This course covers key techniques, procedures and checklists to help ensure that you are considering all the critical factors and that you undertake the process in a fair and un-biased manner.

Delegates will develop valuable understanding of what the law requires and will learn key skills in the disciplinary process, such as analysis of evidence and report writing.

Suitable For

This full day course is suitable for anyone involved in managing the disciplinary process and in particular:

  • Directors and owners
  • Managers and supervisors
  • HR professionals
  • Employee respresentatives



  • The legal background and standard of proof
  • Purpose and stages of disciplinary procedures
  • The responsibilities of the employer
  • The rights of the employee
  • The stages of an investigation
  • Listening and questioning techniques
  • Witnesses and witness statements
  • Writing the report and presenting findings
  • Preparing and conducting the hearing
  • Considering evidence and mitigating factors
  • Adjournment and decision making
  • Appeals

This training event is nearly fully booked and has been taken offline to avoid overbooking. Please contact Acas on 0300 123 1150 about availability of places

Venue The Aberdeen Altens Hotel   Map (opens in new window)   Date 25/10/2017    Time 09:30 - 16:00   
Price £245.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt