Surviving a disciplinary investigation at work

This e-book is your essential step-by-step guide to the disciplinary investigation process. It does not just regurgitate generic information about discipline, but supplies you with practical direction and guidance on the law and processes that you can apply to your own situation. In its 61 pages the book provides user friendly guidance including;

Preparing your statement of defence
Your rights in whistle-blowing investigations
The allegations against you
The investigation/fact-finding meeting
Your right to confidentiality
The evidence against you
Witnesses and witness statements (including anonymous witnesses)
Investigation of criminal offences at work



Disciplinary investigations can be carried out in a variety of situations, and not just in disciplinary action. Investigations happen where there are issues about;

  • Capability
  • Bullying and harassment
  • Absence
  • Grievances
  • Whistleblowing allegations

You continue to have employment rights during the investigation.  The ACAS Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures applies to any matters relating to discipline. Your employer has a legal duty to be reasonable and use a fair procedure. The ACAS Guide gives directions on what it is to act reasonably and fairly, and the duties are further developed by the Courts and Tribunals in case law. We have distilled the case law principles for you so that you can easily apply them to your personal situation.


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