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Unfair Dismissal and Prior Warnings

The use of warnings as a disciplinary tool by employers and the litigation that can sometimes result from this can be a rather confusing area of employment law. This may well be due to the historic alterations in the relevant law.

Prior to April 2009 there was a statutory three-stage disciplinary procedure in place, which while relatively clear and understandable, was overly rigid and so was replaced by the current ACAS Code of Practice. This then left employers to their own devices in putting disciplinary policies in place, including how to stage warnings leading towards the dismissal of an employee.

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