As an employer you are expected to have your own disciplinary and grievance policies and procedures that meet with the requirements of the Code of Practice.
The Minister for Social Security issued a Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures which applied from 1st April 2014.
The purpose of the Code of Practice is to assist both employers and employees in dealing with matters relating to discipline and grievance in a fair and appropriate way. Failure by an employer to observe the Code of Practice will not in itself render an employer liable to legal proceedings, however, the Code of Practice is admissible in evidence before the Tribunal. Compliance with the Code of Practice will be relevant to the Tribunal in reaching its decision as to whether or not an employer has acted reasonably.
Every employer must familiarise themselves with the provision of the Code of Practice and have its own disciplinary and grievance policies and procedures in place. These must meet with the requirements of the Code of Practice and set out how disciplinary and grievance matters will be dealt with within the business.