(b) Substantive fairness
Penalties, the term used in the disciplinary procedure, refers to the sanction applied if the staff member is found guilty. Substantive fairness requires that the sanction/penalty is appropriate to the misconduct. For example, to dismiss someone if they have come to work late on the first offence would be substantively unfair but to dismiss someone if they have stolen money would be substantively fair. The sanction to be applied is outlined in the disciplinary procedure, specifically section 3+4 of the document: Penalties . Please note that these are only guidelines, as the document states. There may be mitigating or aggravating circumstances that may lead you as the HoD/manager to determine a different sanction.
If a disciplinary process or sanction is found to be either procedurally unfair or substantively unfair, the decision can be overturned or the disciplinary process halted. The staff representative in these processes such as the union shop-steward are likely (and correctly so) to pick up on such problems. It is therefore important that managers are well prepared.
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Last Modified: Mon, 07 Jan 2013 10:13:56 SAST