Effective Discipline: Chairing Hearings

This two day course is intended for managers, including senior managers who need to deal with discipline in the workplace and chair disciplinary hearings, enquiries or appeals. It is also highly recommended for labour representatives, shop stewards and union officials and could also benefit legal practitioners needing a practical view of discipline to complement a strict legal perspective.

Guidelines, checklists and role plays help make it easy for participants to put the knowledge and skills gained into practice.

After completion of this course the learner will be able to:

  • Chair a procedurally correct Discipline Hearing
  • Chair a procedurally correct Discipline Appeal Hearing
  • Ensure a substantively correct decision is reached

Content includes

  • What is a disciplinary hearing or enquiry
  • Who can chair a disciplinary hearing
  • Discipline defined and explained
  • Legal and procedural requirements for discipline
  • The human and physical resources required when holding a hearing
  • Procedural fairness
  • Disciplinary hearing process
  • Types of evidence that are admissible
  • Evaluating evidence
  • Testing witnesses’ credibility
  • Disciplinary sanctions, dismissal and alternatives
  • Dismissal and the law
  • Basic employee rights and legal requirements
  •  What is an appeal hearing
  • What is involved in an appeal hearing
  • Employee rights regarding appeals


The cost for the course is R4200 per person.  
This includes full course notes, tea/coffee and lunches on both days.

Note: An Early Bird discount of 20% is offered if you book and pay at least seven (7) days prior to the course. The Early Bird price is R3360 per person.