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Hello, I’m Ben, a UK lawyer and will be dealing with your case today. I may also need to ask some questions to determine the legal position.
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Many thanks for your patience. There is no specific deadline in law for how long an employer should take before they hold a disciplinary hearing, it can be days, weeks or months, depending on the circumstances. Obviously, significant delays could have been expected due to the virus and that would have allowed them to delay this by a few months at least. Now that the office is open again, you also have to appreciate that there will be some catching up to do with the more critical and day-to-day tasks before they start looking at things like disciplinaries, etc.
You can always ask the employer for an update and give them a nudge about it but really the best you can do is to use this time to gather up any notes, evidence, etc and be ready for when this moves forward again.
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If they have lined up; a possible replacement already, that may indeed suggest that they have already made a decision about you and they are just filling in the gaps now, trying to find reasons to justify a dismissal. Obviously, it is too early to say whether you can claim unfair dismissal though, because you will only know once you have been dismissed and you know how/why it happened.
Does this clarify things a bit more for you?
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