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From 1 July 2012 to 30 June 2018 we have:
- investigated 54 cases
- referred 21 cases to a conduct hearing
If a Conduct Panel finds that the Code has been breached by a Member, the CIPD considers whether to publish details of the case, the member and the sanction applied. The CIPD does not publish the outcome where an alleged breach of the Code has not been found or the allegation has not been taken forward.
Blacklisting in the Construction Industry
The CIPD unequivocally condemns blacklisting.
The CIPD have concluded investigations into potential breaches of the Code of Professional Conduct related to blacklisting regarding 18 members. Investigation & Conduct proceedings and outcomes are confidential. We cannot therefore respond to enquiries regarding specific individuals but can confirm that of the 18 investigations, 12 were referred to a Conduct Hearing and a total of 6 cases were found in breach of the Code. A range of sanctions were applied to the Members found in breach of the Code, from reprimands to expulsion of membership.
Read the press release: CIPD responds to blacklisting settlement.
Conduct hearing decisions
14 April 2019 - Decision of CIPD Code of Professional Conduct Hearing Panel
The CIPD Member is a former associate of the Complainant a qualification provider and consultancy. The Complainant believes that the CIPD Member, was instrumental in causing reputational damage to the CIPD and Complainant and disrepute by unprofessional conduct. The Member failed to respond to some communications from the Complainant and her communication with the Complainant was poor. The Member failed to meet deadlines for marking students’ work
The Panel found the Member in breach of the following sections of the CIPD Code of Professional Conduct:
- 2.1 establish, maintain and develop business relationships based on confidence, trust and respect
- 3.1 always act in a way which supports and upholds the reputation of the profession
The panel considered what sanction was appropriate in accordance with 4.2 of the Conduct Procedures and decided that:
(a) Require the Member to apologise to the Complainant
(c) Permit membership to continue, subject to requirements including: engagement with a Mentor; develop a support network of HR Professionals; completion and submission of CPD plans and records at stipulated intervals
Failure to comply with all of the above will result in suspension of membership until such time that the all of the above requirements have been met and demonstrated to the CIPD satisfactorily.
22 February 2018 - Decision of CIPD Code of Professional Conduct Hearing Panel
At a Conduct Hearing conducted on 22 February 2018 to consider allegations of breaches of 1.1; 1.3; 2.1; 2.2; 3.1; 3.4 of the CIPD’s Code of Professional Conduct in relation to plagiarism, a Panel concluded that the case in respect of allegation of breaches of 2.2, 3.1, 3.4 were upheld. The case in respect of allegations of breaches of 1.1, 1.3, and 2.1 was dismissed.
The panel considered what penalty was appropriate and decided to:
(d) expel the Member from the Institute for a period of 2 years. After this date, if the Member wishes to re-join it will be necessary to:
- Engage with a CIPD recommended Member for mentoring to focus on reflection of the events leading to the breaches found;
- Complete and submit to the CIPD, a CPD return and record evidencing the engagement and reflection.
16 March 2016 - Decision of a CIPD Code of Professional Conduct Hearing Panel
In accordance with the CIPD Investigation and Conduct Procedures, a Conduct Hearing took place on the above date regarding alleged breaches of the CIPD Code of Professional Conduct as:
2.2 Members of CIPD shall: exhibit and defend professional and personal integrity and honesty at all times. The Member did not exhibit and defend professional and personal integrity and honesty as he asked someone else to write an essay for him, in exchange for payment.
3.1 Members of CIPD shall: always act in a way which supports and upholds the reputation of the profession. The Member did not act in a way which supports and upholds the reputation of the profession as he asked someone else to write an essay for him, in exchange for payment.
The evidence provided is that the Member had clearly attempted to involve a third party in the writing of his assignment and was willing to pay for this service.
- The Panel was satisfied that the evidence provided supported the allegation that the member had breached Code paragraph 2.2.
- The Panel was satisfied that the evidence provided supported the allegation that the member had breached Code paragraph 3.1.
The Panel considered the range of sanctions available as per section 3.2 of the Conduct Procedures. The Panel considered that permanent expulsion from membership would (given the breaches that had occurred) be merited, but in the light of the mitigating factors presented, decided:
- the member is hereby reprimanded;
- CIPD membership to continue but at Chartered Member level. The Member will be permitted to apply to return to Chartered Fellow after a period of 6 months. Any application will be assessed on its merits through the normal upgrading process applicable at the time of application.
As per item 8 in the Annex to the Procedures the Panel also considered publication of the case and recommended that the case should be published but the Member’s name redacted. Publication will occur on the CIPD website for a period of 3 years.
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