Date(s) - 23/03/2021 - 31/03/2021
2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Programme Overview
This programme will give managers and HR specialists the confidence to deal effectively with problems that arise in the context of the Unfair Dismissals Acts.

Programme Outcomes:
On completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • An appreciation of the importance of the principles of natural justice and the implications of them when managing disciplinary issues
  • How to manage poor performance
  • Managing absence within the law
  • How to deal with serious/gross misconduct
  • Understand the current best practice approach to dealing with issues in the area of discipline and dismissal
  • Know the legislative background to disciplining and the relationship between the unfair dismissals legislation, the equality legislation, industrial relations and any other relevant piece of legislation
  • Understand current case law and be aware of new issues that are arising almost daily
  • Build confidence to deal with queries and questions on the topics covered
  • Deal with all of the aspects of a disciplinary procedure up to and including dismissal
  • Critically analyse current disciplinary policies and procedures

Who Should Attend?
Managers and HR specialists who manage people at work.

Programme Content:

Discipline and dismissals

  • Overview of Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977-2015
  • Who is covered by the legislation?
  • Definition of dismissals
  • ‘Unfair’ and ‘not unfair’ reasons for dismissal
  • Claims procedure
  • Redress – the cost of unfair dismissal

Discriminatory dismissals

  • Discriminatory dismissals under the employment equality acts Disability and reasonable accommodation
  • Pregnancy related dismissals
  • Redress under the equality legislation
  • Case law

Fair procedures and Natural Justice

  • Importance of adhering to the principles of natural justice when dealing with disciplinary matters
  • Code of Practice on Grievance and Disciplinary Procedures (S.I. No. 146 of 2000)
  • The disciplinary procedure
  • Appeals process

Disciplinary procedures in action

  • Dealing with the poor performer
  • Managing absence
  • Dealing with serious/gross misconduct
  • Case studies

There are a number of activities and case studies as part of the course to ensure that the key knowledge and skills are practiced. Programme participants are encouraged to express their views and experiences. The programme facilitates participant discussion to ensure a thorough understanding of the key points and their application. Real life case studies and exercises will be used to ensure a real practical understanding of each topic.

Training Provider: IBEC

Delivered over two half days 23rd and 31st March – 2-5pm

Cost for SWG Members is €100.


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