Evidence is the key to a successful tribunal defence. A tribunal defence reliant on individuals’ memories is uncertain and unpredictable. Written evidence avoids reliance on personal accounts and means greater clarity.
Here are a few ideas on putting your best foot forward:
Informal conversations – take notes wherever possible and follow up with an email of what was discussed and agreed actions to avoid allegations that something was said or discussed which could damage your defence.
Records – you’ll have more than just conversations to record. Ensure that evidence of poor performance, sickness absence or whatever the issue, is captured.
Formalities – have a note-taker present whenever possible during formal meetings. Documented meetings, follow-ups, and agreed actions ensure you can evidence a fair process and have the proof to back it up.
Reasons – when making a decision impacting someone’s employment, always make a record of your reasons and justifications for why that decision was made. You’ll find it much easier to argue that the decision was fair and not based on any discriminatory reasons.
Keep it safe – ensure that you have a system to store information safely and accurately once it’s been recorded. Click here to find out more about our solution.
Securing great advice at the outset of any possible issue will ensure your processes and evidence trail are robust and effective. Get in touch to find out how we can help.