While you're within your rights to hold a second disciplinary inquiry, there's a way to ensure the first enquiry is run so efficiently that there's no need to call for a second one.
Here are three tips to help you do this and avoid having to deal with the tricky double jeopardy rule.
Three tips to ensure you hold your first enquiry properly
Tip#1: When you suspect your employee of misconduct, make sure that you conduct a full, thorough and proper investigation into the allegations before you institute disciplinary action. Make sure you've covered all the possible bases, says the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.
Tip#2: When you formulate the charge sheet, make sure you cover all the possible offences your employee could be found guilty of. Use alternative charges if you're unsure of the particular offense committed.
Tip#3: When you conduct the enquiry, make sure you lead full and proper evidence on all the charges and cover all the bases. Leave no stone unturned.
Remember, thorough preparation is essential. Use these tips to ensure you never have to hold a second hold a second inquiry.