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Seven things every employer MUST know about disciplinary hearings

by , 22 August 2014
If you're a regular reader, you'd have seen countless articles on our site about employees taking their employers to the CCMA for unfair dismissal.

The common thread in many of these cases is employers land up at the CCMA for failing to conduct disciplinary hearings in a fair and legal manner.

And if you fail to conduct a legally compliant hearing, your employee WILL take you to the CCMA and the hearing will be ruled as unfair.

Don't let this happen to you. Play by the rules every time you conduct a hearing so you can avoid costly trips to the CCMA.

To help you conduct legally water-tight disciplinary hearings, we recommend you familiarise yourself with these seven things.

Here are the seven things you must know about disciplinary hearings

#1: Use this checklist to guarantee your disciplinary hearing is legally compliant.

#2: Decide if a disciplinary hearing is really necessary.

#3: Make sure your disciplinary hearing is procedurally fair.

#4: Don't make this mistake – it could make you lose your case at the CCMA.

#5: Ensure your chairperson understands the role he plays during a disciplinary hearing.

#6: Before you hold a second disciplinary hearing, do this to ensure it's fair.

#7: To avoid having to conduct a second disciplinary hearing, use these three tips and hold the first one properly.

There you have it: We hope knowing these seven vital things will help you conduct effective, fair and legally compliant disciplinary hearings so you avoid landing at the CCMA.

In addition to these points, we recommend you checkout The Chairman's Guide to Disciplinary Hearings. It has everything you need to know about disciplinary hearings and it'll help ensure no-one says your hearing was unfair or biased.

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