Effective Workplace Discipline

South African Engineers’ and Founders’ Association

Avoid costly mistakes in your disciplinary processes

Whilst the figures fluctuate from year to year, statistics show that of all the disputes around disciplinary action that are dealt with by the CCMA or bargaining councils, around half are won by employers. This is most often as a direct result of the lack of preparation that is done by the parties before the start of the enquiry. This is not because the parties are lazy, but rather because it is clearly not understood how the disciplinary process works, what is required by law when it comes to applying progressive discipline, poor understanding of the law of evidence and the role of the various participants and various other factors. These mistakes cost member companies hundreds of thousands, if not millions of rand, every year. Nothing is more frustrating to companies than to experience the disappointment of having employees breach workplace rules (in minor or major ways) only to have an arbitrator order compensation, re-employment or reinstatement of those employees because of substantive or procedural unfairness. Running a business is difficult enough without having to constantly pay for mistakes made when you are trying to correct employee behavior.

Fortunately, there is a solution – The South African Engineers and Founders Association is running a comprehensive, 1-day workshop, Effective Workplace Discipline, designed to teach supervisors, managers, directors, HR personnel, and shop stewards the correct way to implement disciplinary action, from providing informal counselling to employees, to issuing warnings, to conducting effective disciplinary enquiries. To book your place using the booking form attached and join us on Tuesday, 4 October 2016, or email us to discuss in-house training options. Email Gordon for more details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Course Content:

Fair and effective discipline

  • Management’s disciplinary authority
  • The role of discipline
  • Employer and employee duties to a company
  • Disciplinary rules and standards
  • Sanctions
  • Issuing of warnings

 Dismissal under the LRA

  • What is a ‘dismissal’?
  • Fair reasons (substantive fairness)
  • Fair procedure (procedural fairness)
  • Onus
  • Unfair dismissal, automatically unfair dismissal and remedies for both

How to conduct a fair disciplinary enquiry

  • Requirements of a fair hearing
  • Preliminary investigation to collect evidence
  • Notification
  • Formulating the charge
  • Employee rights
  • Checklist for the chairperson of a disciplinary enquiry
  • How to conduct a disciplinary enquiry
  • The key roles and characteristics of participants at a disciplinary enquiry
  • Closing statements
  • The finding: verdict
  • The finding: mitigation
  • The finding: penalty
  • Testing fairness
  • Appeal procedure
  • Fair enquiry guidelines

Practical guidance on dealing with common disciplinary problems in the workplace

  • Absenteeism and poor timekeeping
  • Sick leave abuse
  • Theft/unauthorised use or removal of company property
  • Insubordination/refusal to carry out lawful and reasonable work instructions
  • Assault
  • Intoxication



The course will be facilitated by Gordon Angus, SAEFA’s Executive Director.  Gordon has over 13 years’ experience in industrial relations and has successfully guided hundreds of companies with their disciplinary needs and obligations over the years.


Date and Venue

Tuesday, 4 October 2016, Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, Viewpoint Street, Boksburg.



08h00    Registration, Tea and Coffee

08h30    Start

10h30    Tea break

12h30    Lunch

13h00    Tea break

16h30    Finish


Fee per delegate

SAEFA Members: R2 500

Non-members: R3 000


To make a booking please email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.: