Disciplinary Process Checklist

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Disciplinary Process Checklist

Disciplinary Process is an HR Department or manager’s action to deal with employees’ violation of workplace rules and regulations. But sometimes, you might feel like you need a clear and detailed checklist and guidance on how to carry out this process effectively. 

An employee must be given a fair and just process outlined in the company’s disciplinary policy.

A checklist can help you manage ongoing issues in the workplace, avoid legal pitfalls, and help you get on top of your responsibilities! That is why we’ve made the Disciplinary Process Checklist

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What is a formal disciplinary process?

A formal disciplinary procedure is a way employers determine whether or not an employee should be fired. It includes an investigation process, interviews with the employee and witnesses, gathering statements, and a hearing for the employee.

Potential reasons for Disciplinary Action

There are a number of reasons why disciplinary action may be started. Here are a few examples:

  • Misconduct / Behaviour at work
  • Unauthorised Absence from work
  • Poor timekeeping
  • Standard of work
  • Number of Warnings
  • Misuse of email, internet or social media
  • misconduct outside work
  • Stolen company goods
  • Damaged employer’s property
  • Breached Health & Safety 

What are the steps in the disciplinary process?

Disciplinary Process Checklist


Understand and Identify the violation.


Investigate thoroughly and determine the severity of the violation and if it is a first offense.If not first violation gather previous disciplinary measures information. Verbal warning, written warning, suspension and performance improvement plan.


Invite Employee for a Meeting – Giving notice of the meeting and supplying evidence and clear allegations in advance. Make them aware that they have a right to be accompanied in the disciplinary meeting.


Conduct the disciplinary meeting following the disciplinary procedure set out in your employment policies.


Identify the appropriate disciplinary action.

Written Decision

Confirm the outcome in writing

Explain Rights

Right to appeal – Make the person aware of their right to appeal your decision


Implement disciplinary action and follow up to ensure compliance with those actions

How many stages are in a disciplinary procedure?

How many stages are there in the disciplinary procedure? There are several stages process:

Stage 1: No action Required – Believe no disciplinary action is required
Stage 2: Verbal Warning – Even though it is verbal, a letter should document the outcome in writing, detailing requiring improvement or what is expected going forward.
Stage 3: Written Warning – 
Stage 4: Final Written Warning
Stage 5: Demotion  
Stage 6: Disciplinary Hearing – Accumulated warnings
Stage 7: Dismissal

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