Tag Archives: disciplinary
UK: Employer’s duty of trust and confidence – caution needed before suspending to investigate alleged misconduct
A recent High Court ruling serves as a reminder to employers not automatically to suspend an employee accused of misconduct while an investigation takes place. Employers should first seek the employee’s response to the allegations and consider whether suspension is … Continue reading
Employers will welcome a tribunal decision that damages for failure to allow a chosen companion at a disciplinary hearing should be nominal where the companion was within the permitted statutory categories but unsuitable for other reasons.
The Full Federal Court has handed down a decision on an employer’s right to direct attendance at a medical appointment, and whether an employer can validly dismiss an employee for failing to follow such a direction. The Full Court’s decision is … Continue reading
Employment contracts often provide that employees may be dismissed without notice or payment in lieu of notice for 'serious misconduct'. However, what constitutes 'serious misconduct' is not always clear. The recent decision of the Court of Appeal of Singapore in … Continue reading
UK: Discipline – gross negligence can be gross misconduct justifying dismissal without notice in some circumstances
Employers may be entitled to summarily dismiss an employee for a grossly negligent failure to act, for example where the employee is senior and fails to uphold a key policy of the employer.
Employers may wish to review their disciplinary and capability policies, in particular whether and when warnings are stated to expire and in what circumstances expired warnings can be taken into account. In Stratford v Auto Trail VR Ltd, the EAT … Continue reading
UK: Unfair dismissal – broad investigation may be required where credibility of serious allegations at issue
Where an employer is contemplating dismissal for gross misconduct on the basis of disputed and uncorroborated evidence, fairness may require it to carry out a broad investigation, including into evidence that goes to credibility.
UK: Unfair dismissal – reliance on inappropriate final warning could render dismissal for gross misconduct unfair
In Bandara v British Broadcasting Corporation, an employer dismissed an employee in reliance on both recent gross misconduct and a prior final written warning which the tribunal found to have been ‘manifestly inappropriate’.
When was the last time you looked at your organisation's disciplinary procedures? Is it time for a refresh? Earlier this year, a decision of the Court of First Instance of Hong Kong ("CFI") caused many HR professionals to reassess their … Continue reading
Refusing to comply with a subject access request may contribute to the unfairness of a subsequent dismissal, where the tribunal considers that the refusal materially impairs the employee's ability to defend themselves in disciplinary proceedings. In McWilliams v Citibank, the … Continue reading