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Managing workplace discipline can be a daunting experience for many business owners and Managers.  It is an area where employment law can leave an Employer feeling as though it is impossible to deal with poor performance, attendance or misconduct by an Employee.  However, this need not be the case and any Employer who takes a structured approach to ensure that their disciplinary procedures are applied fairly and consistently should be in a position to confidently address Employee shortcomings at work.

The aim of the disciplinary procedure should always be to correct a situation.  Whether the Employer is addressing poor performance, conduct or attendance, in the majority of cases the purpose of the procedure is to encourage an improvement in the Employee’s behaviour.  However, in certain circumstances, the disciplinary procedure may lead to the dismissal of an Employee.