Dismissal appeal hearing script templateReading time 2 minutes (inc. support info). Reviewed 14/08/2023.
Our Dismissal Appeal Hearing Script template guides structured appeal discussions, ensuring a fair and comprehensive review of the dismissal decision.
What is a Dismissal appeal hearing script?
This template provides a structured framework for conducting dismissal appeal hearings, ensuring a fair and consistent approach. It outlines the process, allowing parties to present their arguments and evidence. The script aims to facilitate a thorough and transparent appeal process, aiding in making informed decisions while upholding procedural fairness.
What legal and best practice aspects should employers be aware of?
Here are some UK employment legislations to consider when implementing a Dismissal Appeal Hearing Script:
The Employment Rights Act 1996: Provides employees with the right to appeal against their dismissal if they believe it was unfair or wrongful, and sets out the requirements for a fair and reasonable appeal process.
The Acas Code of Practice on Disciplinary and Grievance Procedures: Provides a framework for employers to follow when dealing with disciplinary matters, including the dismissal of employees, and sets out the principles of fair and reasonable procedures.
The Equality Act 2010: Ensures that the dismissal appeal process is not discriminatory and that all employees are treated fairly and equally regardless of their protected characteristics.
The Data Protection Act 2018: Ensures that any personal data related to the dismissal appeal process is handled in accordance with data protection regulations and that employees give their consent for their data to be processed.
The Human Rights Act 1998: Protects employees' rights to a fair hearing and a fair trial when appealing against their dismissal, and ensures that the dismissal appeal process is conducted in a fair and impartial manner.
Dismissal appeal hearing Script [Delete this line]
Thanks for attending.
Purpose of the meeting
- To consider your appeal against the outcome of your recent dismissal.
- To give you an opportunity to explain the grounds for your appeal.
Once you have set out the grounds for your appeal, we will then adjourn the meeting and I will decide whether to uphold the original outcome of your disciplinary hearing or amend it. This will be notified to you in writing.
Grounds for appeal
You have provided a [letter/email] outlining the grounds for your appeal and I will address them in turn and ask whether you have any further comments.
[Details of ground]
(hear employee’s comments, and ask clarifying questions if necessary)
[Set out response]
Thank you again for attending, I will take into account everything you have said, and will consider my decision.
Dismissal appeal hearing invitation letter template
If an ex-employee has appealed against their dismissal, issue this model letter template as invitation to an appeal hearing.
Dismissal appeal outcome confirmation letter template
If a former employee has appealed against their dismissal and an appeal hearing has been held, send this model letter as confirmation of the outcome.
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