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Disciplinary

A real fight for justice

29 September 2021
It’s tempting to think there can only be one outcome for an employee involved in a violent incident that leaves someone else with a serious injury. Shopping centre security guard Gus was inv...

A disciplinary process not fit for purpose

07 September 2021
Social media can cause huge problems for employees even when they believe their actions are innocent. Office worker Trent was a fitness fanatic who loved working out. He had a female colleague who...

The nasty taste left after unfair disciplinary proceedings

11 August 2021
When Jason took a packet of crisps from a bin to avoid food waste he thought it was a good thing – but his employer certainly did not think so. Jason was accused of theft and cruelty towards...

The ugly consequences of viewing a not so pretty picture at work

28 July 2021
It should be quite simple, but trying to prove your innocence when wrongly facing disciplinary allegations at work can feel like a daunting battle.   Like many people civi...

Poor marks for a college disciplinary process

21 July 2021
Whether criticism of a work colleague is ever justified or not, it can cause serious problems.  Shannon was going through the redundancy consultation proces...

Making a bad call with a decision to dismiss

14 July 2021
When Clive faced an allegation of stealing a colleague’s mobile phone he did not think things could get any worse, but he was wrong.  The retail worker faced an alle...

The need for caution and less haste when dealing with employee misconduct

12 July 2021
There can be outrageous acts of gross misconduct for which you believe an employee deserves to be sacked on the spot, but doing so is never a good idea.  There have been a number of repo...

Unfairly blamed for rule breach when following management instruction

07 July 2021
You would be justified in feeling aggrieved if asked to do something by your boss only to later face disciplinary action for doing exactly what you had been asked to do.  Like millions of oth...

Should I smile if caught on camera at work?

06 July 2021
Revealing CCTV footage played a central role in the resignation of Matt Hancock, so it is worth focusing and taking a much closer look at the use of surveillance cameras in...

What can an employer do about an office romance?

28 June 2021
Matt Hancock’s widely publicised breach of social-distancing guidelines put paid to his tenure as health secretary and highlighted the peril of workplace romances.  He handed ...

Letting personal feelings get in the way of a fair disciplinary process

23 June 2021
Family fallouts can be very bitter, add work to the mix and things can get even nastier.  Linda worked for a company owned by her brother-in-law and got caught up in the mess w...

The importance of taking time to understand disciplinary issues

16 June 2021
An employee facing the threat of dismissal for poor punctuality will have severely tested the patience of any reasonable employer.  But, when Charlie found himse...

Creating an ugly mess of a disciplinary case

15 June 2021
When sculpture technician Carlton was fired on the spot he knew it was not right.  Despite this, Carlton’s biggest fight was challenging the decision and battli...

News 3 - 10 June May 2021

11 June 2021
News 3 - 10 June May 2021   Here is the news.  We have much to catch up on so let’s get right into it.  Our first story in this edition looks at...

A painful disciplinary process with a pain free ending.

09 June 2021
We all know right from wrong and often you don’t need to be an expert to identify when you are being treated unfairly at work.  Dental receptionist Fa...

Clearing up a disciplinary mess after birthday celebrations

10 March 2021
It’s not uncommon for an employer to confuse what may be a genuine mistake for misconduct  - and it can lead to serious trouble for an employee. Wendy had worked as a cleaner at her local commun...

Finding the right words to resolve a disciplinary case

03 March 2021
We all like to hear a bit of workplace gossip but there can be situations where things really get out of hand and lead to serious trouble. Spreading malicious rumours about a colleague can be co...

A welcome final destination to an unwelcome trip through the disciplinary process

24 February 2021
When medical sales rep Jesse was threatened with dismissal for failing to report damage to his company vehicle he faced a difficult journey to justice. The serious allegation was levelled agains...

Picking apart a disciplinary case to ensure justice prevails

17 February 2021
Factory supervisor Maria insisted she was firm but fair, while a colleague claimed she was a bully - it was a difference in opinion that left her fighting to save her job. Maria had been in char...

Finding the hidden evidence in a message to ensure justice is served

27 January 2021
Marketing executive Selina knew the value of words, creating a good impression and the importance of sending the right message. So, it can be seen as ironic that an inappropriate WhatsApp messag...
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