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Five actions that DON'T warrant disciplinary action in the workplace

by , 08 September 2015
Control within your business is a must and you need to enforce discipline.

Any behaviour that makes up misconduct should be dealt with swiftly, yet in a fair and legally compliant manner.

Having said that, there are five actions that DON'T count for disciplinary action.

So take note! They are:

1. If an employee reports your infringements of the law to the relevant authorities;

2. If an employee lodges a grievance with your management or your human resources department; 


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3. If an employee refuses to follow an unreasonable, unlawful or unfair order;

4. If an employee refers a dispute with you to the CCMA; or 

5. If an employee responds emotionally to any verbal abuse by your management.

So, there were five actions that DON'T constitute disciplinary action. It may seem, at first glance, difficult to accept. But it's absolutely important that you do so. In working around it, deal with any root causes to these actions.

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