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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

Have a large group of staff to train?

To save you time and money, we can deliver bespoke training at your workplace. To find out more contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our online enquiry form


We also offer free e-learning on a wide range of employment relations topics. It's a great way to develop, enhance and refresh your knowledge, providing you with the opportunity to work through theory, explore case studies and answer interactive questions.

Need more than training?

We recognise that every organisation is different. Our specialists can diagnose issues in your workplace and tailor practical solutions to address the challenges faced by you and your staff. To arrange a call or visit or to simply find out more, contact our Customer Services Team on 0300 123 1150 or complete our online enquiry form


Venue Edinburgh - Venue TBC   Map (opens in new window)   Date 07/11/2019    Time 09:30 - 16:00   
Price £255.00 per person    Please note our training events are VAT exempt
To book now

* Max of 4 delegates per organisation. Please call Acas on 0300 123 1150 or email if numbers exceed this or for more details about the training session.