Do as you are told! Health and Safety and Workplace Discipline, September 2011


Discipline in the workplace is the means by which employers address behavioural issues and non-compliance with company policies and procedures. Disciplinary procedures set out the stages and processes the employer will follow in relation to alleged shortcomings of an employee. Generally, disciplinary procedures are progressive allowing for informal warnings leading to written warnings and ultimately to dismissal.

The Labour Relations Commission published a Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures in 2000 (S.I No. 146 of 2000). The main purpose of this Code of Practice is to provide guidance to employers, employees and their representatives on the general principles which apply in the operation of grievance and disciplinary procedures. This Code is not legally binding but sets the basic standards which are expected from workplace disciplinary rules.

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