How would deal with a situation where an employee has been investigated and then invited to a disciplinary (not for gross misconduct and not on suspension) but fails to attend on a couple of occasions and gives no reason for this? I'm guessing that you would postpone the original, invite to a new disciplinary hearing for failure to attend a disciplinary (would you have to do an investigation into this as its obvious they didnt attend?) and advise that failure to attend would result in the hearing continuing in there absence, then if they fail to attend could we go for gross misconduct?
Does this look ok, also the main points for clarity are:
is it ok to invite to disp hearing for failure to attend without holding investigatory hearing?
is it ok to hold the first disp hearing for failing to attend the other hearin in there absence?
If they did turn up and gave no reasonable explanation what level of warning could you give them and would you then go on and arrange the original disp hearing. If we gave a final warning for not attending the the original disp hearings then held the original hearing and the outcome also meritted a warning for a conduct issue could you then dismiss them for misconduct taking into account they would be on a final warning for failure to attend previous hearing(also a conduct issue)
I realise this is a bit long winded but thanks for any replies.