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Did you know: Employees and employers have different obligations when it comes to disciplinary codes?

by , 17 September 2014
A disciplinary code is a guideline that a company follows when dealing with employees who go against what's in the code of conduct.

This is essential for keeping control and order in the workplace.

Now you might think a disciplinary code only applies to your employees, but this isn't true. It applies to you as well.

Today, we'll reveal your obligations when it comes to disciplinary codes so you can enforce discipline in a legally compliant manner. We'll also give you your employee's obligations so you can ensure they stick to them.


Here are your duties when it comes to disciplinary codes as well as those of your employees


According to the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, as an employer, you must ensure:

  • Employees are aware of and understand the terms and conditions of the disciplinary code;
  • The terms and conditions of the disciplinary code are fair; and
  • You maintain the disciplinary code and execute procedures fairly and consistently.
 
Now let's look at your employee's obligations.

 
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Here are your employee's obligations when it comes to disciplinary codes


Your employees must ensure:

  • They're aware of and understand the terms and conditions of the disciplinary code and code of conduct. This way, they'll see that you're treating them fairly because the disciplinary code protects them from arbitrary disciplinary action; and
 
  • They comply with the terms and conditions of the disciplinary code.
 
Remember, having a good disciplinary code is useless if your employees don't know about it and if you don't follow it when you enforce discipline.

So now that you know your obligations, enforce discipline in a fair manner and make sure your employees are aware of their duties as well and stick to them.
 
PS: We strongly recommend you check out the "You're Fired!" Your guide to substantive and procedurally fair dismissals. It has all the information you need to make sure your dimissals are legally compliant.


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