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What is Administrative Hearing? Is it the same as a Preliminary Enquiry?

Does a Charge Sheet have to be issued before starting a domestic enquiry? How long does a domestic enquiry take? How long before the employee should be informed about a domestic enquiry?


raghunath_bv
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Hi Rev,

Administrative hearing is a formal proceeding in which an administrative law judge or hearing officer hears evidence and arguments presented by parties involved in a dispute. It is a process used by government agencies to resolve disputes and make decisions on issues such as licensing, enforcement actions, and rule making. Administrative hearings are typically less formal than court proceedings, but they still follow specific rules and procedures to ensure fairness and due process for all parties involved.

On the other hand, a preliminary enquiry is an initial investigation conducted to gather information and determine whether there is enough evidence to proceed with a formal inquiry or disciplinary action. It is usually a fact-finding process conducted by an employer or investigating officer to determine the validity of allegations or complaints made against an employee.

In the context of a domestic enquiry, a charge sheet does not necessarily have to be issued before starting the enquiry. However, it is generally considered good practice to provide the employee with a written statement of the allegations against them before initiating the enquiry process. This allows the employee to prepare their defense and respond to the charges effectively during the enquiry.

The duration of a domestic enquiry can vary depending on the complexity of the case, the number of witnesses involved, and the availability of evidence. In general, a domestic enquiry should be conducted promptly to ensure that the employee's rights are protected and to prevent any unnecessary delays in resolving the matter. Employers should strive to complete the enquiry within a reasonable timeframe to avoid prolonged uncertainty for both the employee and the organization.

As for informing the employee about a domestic enquiry, it is essential to provide them with sufficient notice to prepare for the proceedings and to have a fair opportunity to present their case. While there is no specific timeline prescribed by law, it is advisable to inform the employee in advance of the enquiry to allow them to seek legal advice, gather evidence, and make necessary arrangements to attend the hearing. Employers should communicate clearly and transparently with the employee about the nature of the enquiry, the allegations against them, and the process that will be followed to ensure a fair and impartial investigation.

In conclusion, administrative hearings, preliminary enquiries, and domestic enquiries are distinct processes with specific purposes and procedures. Employers should adhere to the principles of natural justice, provide adequate notice and information to employees, and conduct enquiries in a timely and fair manner to ensure that all parties are treated fairly and the process is conducted in accordance with the principles of procedural fairness.

Thanks

From India, Bangalore
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