Conducting a formal hearing (disciplinary, capability, absence)

Course summary

For disciplinary, capability and absence management hearings, employees have certain rights which mean particular processes need to be followed and that decision making is reasonable in the circumstances. Get it wrong and an organisation risks undermining the employment relationship and not being able to achieve the purpose of the hearing.
Attendees will learn through discussion and activities what a formal hearing is for, how to ensure a hearing is conducted fairly and effectively to provide a constructive outcome for the needs of the business.

Course dates and location

We can deliver this course at your venue, for your team, on a date and time that suits you. If you have four or more people who would like to attend this course then group training could be the most cost-effective option. Contact one of our Training Coordinators on 020 7490 3030 or email for more information and a quote.

If you would like to attend this course at our London training suite then register your interest with us. Currently, this course is run on request meaning that a date will be scheduled once we have at least three people interested in attending this course. Please contact us to log your interest in this course.

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  • Course outline

    This course will cover:

    • Procedures requiring a hearing
    • The purpose of a hearing
    • Legal issues impacting hearings
    • Roles and responsibilities
    • Record keeping
    • The hearing 
      -Planning and preparation
      -Roles
      -Tricky issues
      -Notetaking
    • Making the decision
    • Appeals
  • Who is this course for?

    HR professionals and line managers with little or no experience of formal hearings. The workshop will explain or refresh the minimum standards and why they exist.

    The Centre works with people from all sectors including the public sector, voluntary sector, corporate sector and private sector.

  • What will this course help me do: learning outcomes?

    Attendees will be able to:
    • Determine when it is and is not appropriate to hold a formal hearing
    • Appreciate the implications of the law surrounding formal hearings
    • Increase their confidence in arranging and conducting formal hearings

  • Other courses to consider

    The Centre offers a wide range of courses to help managers and leaders develop their skills, including: Human Resources: the essentials, Restructure and redundancy workshop, Employment law for people managers workshopFamily-friendly working

  • Course fee
    • £589 plus VAT not-for-profit price (applies to charities and all other not-for-profit organisations, including public sector and housing)
    • £654 plus VAT standard price (applies to all other organisations)