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No.2 Disciplinary matters

February 2016

This Information Note provides guidance on general principles in relation to discipline. It is not a substitute for the Agency’s Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures. The Code should be considered in full prior to carrying out any disciplinary action. This can be downloaded from the Publications section of the Agency’s website

Current legislation stipulates that an employer must provide their employee with a written statement of particulars of employment within two months of commencing employment. This statement should also include a note specifying any disciplinary rules applicable to the employee and who they should address any appeals to if they are dissatisfied with a disciplinary/dismissal decision. The note should also specify who the employee should raise any grievances with. This information can be provided in a separate document as long as this is reasonably accessible to the employee. Many employers opt to provide these documents by way of written procedures that are simply appended to the written statement.

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