The Disciplinary Enquiry – The Chairperson
The chairperson carries considerable responsibilities in respect of the disciplinary enquiry: in essence, he or she is responsible for seeing that the pre-dismissal procedures are followed and that the employee is given a fair opportunity to respond to the allegations made by the employer. Not only this, but the chairperson must also keep control of the process and importantly, keep his or her cool. Off-the-cuff remarks or comments may well come back to haunt the chairperson and the employer and, in some cases, what the chairperson says may create a reasonable impression of bias and the misconduct dismissal may be procedurally unfair as a result.
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