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Four points successful employers consider when implementing a disciplinary code

by , 07 August 2014
A disciplinary code is a must-have in your company.

This all important code:

1. Provides you and your employees with a framework on how to manage and deal with disciplinary issues;

2. Ensures that while dealing with discipline, you stick to your obligations to be fair and avoid the risk of disputes; and

3. Makes sure your employees know what the consequences are for disobeying your rules and policies.

To ensure your disciplinary code is effective and achieves its objectives, you have to consider these four points when implementing it - it's what successful employers do.


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Four points to consider when implementing your disciplinary code


Consideration #1: Decide on the style and format of your disciplinary code. You must base this on what'll work best in your workplace.

Consideration #2: Decide if you want to have a list of transgression with appropriate penalties.

If you don't want to list transgressions with penalties, give guidelines on what you consider to be serious misconduct and how you'll apply progressive discipline.

Consideration #3: Spell out the procedures to follow when you discipline employees.

Just remember to be flexible when you spell out how you'll discipline them. If you overlook this, you could land up disciplining more harshly than necessary and be taken to the CCMA. You need to consider the individual circumstances of each particular case.

Consideration #4: Decide if you want to allow for an internal appeal against disciplinary decisions. If so, set out the requirements and a procedure for appealing.

If there's no appeal (or if there's an appeal after the appeal), include your employee's right to refer a dispute to the CCMA.

We've just scratched the surface. There are six more points to consider when implementing your disciplinary code, check out the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service to get a complete list of these points so you can ensure your disciplinary code is effective and achieves its objectives.
 

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