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Running Effective Disciplinary Processes


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Running Effective Disciplinary Processes

Duration: 1 day

  • Online
  • 1 day
  • Wed 9 Nov 2022 | 09:30 - 17:00



This programme will give managers and HR specialists the confidence to deal effectively with problems that arise in the context of the Unfair Dismissals Acts. 

At the end of the programme participants will:

  • Understand how to deal with poor performance  
  • Deal with a dishonest employee 
  • Understand the rules of natural justice and the implications they have for any investigation 
  • Deal with queries and questions on each of the covered topics 
  • Critically analyse current disciplinary policies and procedures 
  • Understand the current best practice approach to dealing with issues in the area of discipline and dismissal 
  • Know the legislative background to disciplining and the relationship between the unfair dismissals legislation, the equality legislation, industrial relations and any other relevant piece of legislation 
  • Understand current case law and be aware of new issues that are arising almost daily 
  • Deal with all of the aspects of a disciplinary procedure up to and including dismissal 

This programme is for:

Managers and HR specialists who manage people at work. 



There are a number of activities and case studies used throughout the programme which ensures that all of the learning is applied in a real way. The programme leader encourages group discussion and involvement throughout each session, ensuring opportunities for questions and real issues are discussed at all times. Best practice examples in all areas will be highlighted and discussed throughout the programme, giving participants plenty of opportunities to build on the elements of these that could be applied in their own organisations.

Programme Schedule

Disciplinary Hearings

  • The disciplinary procedure  
  • Common Disciplinary Situations 
  • Fair procedures and the principles of natural justice  
  • Disciplinary Investigations 
  • Disciplinary appeal hearings  
  • Remedies  
  • Overview of Unfair Dismissals Act, 1977-2015 

Discriminatory Dismissals

  • Maternity-related dismissal  
  • Dismissals on the ground of disability  
  • Age-related dismissal 

Dealing with Gross Misconduct

  • Assault  
  • Bullying  
  • Internet and e-mail abuse 
  • Social networking 
  • Intoxicants in the workplace  
  • Theft, fraud and dishonesty  
  • Conflict of interest 

Programme Director

Patricia Sugrue

Patricia joined Ibec in 1990. She has been actively involved in training managers in managing people skills throughout her career. She currently runs a number of specialised Ibec public programmes including Certificate Programme in Employment Law, Industrial Relations Skills Development Programme, Discipline and Dismissals and negotiations workshops. She is also actively involved in in-company training programmes. 

Her areas of expertise are industrial relations, employment law, discipline and dismissals, managing absenteeism, poor performance and bullying & harassment, dispute and conflict resolution, preparation and presentation of cases to the Labour Court, the Conciliation and Adjudication Officers’ Services of the WRC.   

I found the Running Effective Disciplinary Processes to be a great programme and content.

It gave good advice and samples of how to manage.

Sharron Clancy
HR Business Partner
DSV Road

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