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If you are off sick the employer should postpone the disciplinary meeting until a time when you are fit to attend. Only if there have been persistent or unjustified failures to attend should they consider holding it in your absence. Whilst there is nothing stopping them from proceeding now in your absence, this could result in the disciplinary and any outcome being procedurally unfair. So you should contact them, remind them that you are off sick and ask that they delay it until you are certified fit to return to work.
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Thank you. In the event they take disciplinary action in your absence the first thing you can do is to submit a formal appeal to the employer. If the outcome was a dismissal then you have the option of making an employment tribunal claim for unfair dismissal within 3 months of the dismissal date.
A new feature in the employment tribunal’s claims process is mandatory early conciliation with ACAS. This requires prospective claimants to notify ACAS and provide details of their intended claim and they would then try to negotiate between the claimant and respondent to seek out of court settlement in order to avoid having to take the claim to the tribunal. It is possible for the parties to refuse to engage in these negotiations, or that they are unsuccessful, in which case they would get permission to proceed with making the claim in the tribunal.
If negotiations are initiated and settlement is reached, then the claimant would agree not to proceed with the claim in return for the agreed financial settlement.
The conciliation procedure and the form to fill in can be found here:
In terms of the time limits within which a claim must be presented, the early conciliation process places a ‘stop’ on that and the time between notifying ACAS and them issuing permission to proceed with the claim would not count for the purposes of these time limits.