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EFF members face a disciplinary hearing next week! Here's how you can conduct a legally compliant hearing in your company in just six steps

by , 01 October 2014
19 Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) members and their leader, Julius Malema, will face disciplinary proceedings in Parliament next week. This after they chanted 'pay back the money' last month during President Jacob Zuma's parliamentary question and answer session.

The disciplinary hearing was initially meant to get underway on Tuesday. But the EFF went to the Western Cape High Court on Monday to get an urgent interdict to halt disciplinary proceedings. The court denied their request. Shortly after that, it emerged that Parliament had decided to postpone the disciplinary hearings by a week.

While you wait for this disciplinary hearing to get underway, why not take the time to discover the six steps you must follow to conduct a legally compliant hearing in your company. After all, your company isn't immune to misconduct and conducting a hearing is one thing you can't escape. So rather learn how to do it the right way so you avoid legal comebacks.


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Don't let the CCMA rule a disciplinary hearing 'unfair' under your watch

When it comes to chairing disciplinary hearings, you can't afford to make any errors.

If you make one mistake the hearing will be ruled as unfair.

Discover the five steps you need to take to hold a legally compliant disciplinary hearing today

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Here are the six steps to an effective and legally compliant disciplinary hearing


Step #1: You must investigate and prepare your case thoroughly before the hearing.

Remember, a formal disciplinary hearing is necessary when dismissal could be an outcome.

You need to investigate the allegations thoroughly as this will tell you if:
 
  • There's any validity in the allegations;
  • You have enough evidence to prove the charges; and
  • The charges are serious enough to merit a disciplinary hearing. (If not, you might decide to drop the matter or deal with it through a counselling session or a warning.)
 
Step #2: Choose an unbiased and skilled Chairperson.

Step #3: Ensure the accused gets a chance to prepare and defend his case.

Step #4: Base the outcome on the facts.

Step #5: Ensure the penalty is appropriate to the offence.

Step #6: Record the hearing so you can prove you complied with the law.

Following these six steps will help you conduct an effective and legally compliant disciplinary hearing.

PS: We strongly recommend you checkout The Chairman's Guide to Disciplinary Hearings: How to Chair 100% Legally Compliant Hearing. It has all the information you need to chair a legally compliant hearing.
 


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