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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...

Can my employer make me have the Covid vaccine?

18 January 2021
  A question many employees are likely to ask in the coming weeks and months is: can my employer make me have the Covid vaccine? The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has been devastating and c...

Finding the right words to get a fair outcome when banter causes a problem

13 January 2021
How people act and talk in work can create huge problems when it comes to determining what is inappropriate behaviour. Most workplaces will have what is considered a culture of ‘banter’ in which...

New rules but same old problem with an unfair disciplinary process.

06 January 2021
Last year saw dramatic changes to the way in which we now work and the introduction of strict new workplace rules, which left Sheena fighting to save her job. Restaurant worker Sheena was suspen...

Correcting a disciplinary process that sends out the wrong message.

23 December 2020
Despite the many advances in technology, the text message has not yet become a suitable replacement for a disciplinary hearing. Maintenance Technician Des was fired by text after an expletive-la...

A disciplinary process that was a crying shame.

09 December 2020
  Failing to care for a distressed and injured child is one of the most devastating allegations a nursery worker can face. It was an allegation levelled against Sophie when she faced what she b...

Good recovery from ill-informed disciplinary outcome

02 December 2020
What an employer knew and when it knew can be the key in getting justice for an employee subjected to unfair disciplinary action. Following a disciplinary hearing Josie was dismissed for failing...

Monitoring remote workers in the comfort of their own homes

30 November 2020
Employers have the right to observe employees at work, but they may need to adapt if they wish to do so for those now working from home.We are well aware that CCTV is fitted throughout workplaces, ...

Successfully challenging a decision to dismiss.

25 November 2020
When bus driver Scott was dismissed for refusing to take a drugs test the outcome appeared a forgone conclusion.The bus operator that Scott worked for carried out random drug and alcohol testing ac...

An unusual disciplinary case where there really was smoke without fire.

18 November 2020
Surveillance cameras are everywhere, so we know if we do something wrong there is a good chance it may be caught on film.Employees have been fired for wrongdoing captured on video, which means the ...

Significant landmark in the battle for equal opportunity for employees with a disability

16 November 2020
The fight for equality in walks of life including employment is ongoing and it is worth reflecting that it has been 25 years since the introduction of the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).When t...

Unfair disciplinary action because of disability

11 November 2020
Working with a disability and a lack of meaningful support can be difficult and create serious problems for an employee.Jamie, a type 1 diabetic, worked in a pub serving food and drink when he face...

Fighting back and refusing to accept unfair disciplinary process.

04 November 2020
You generally know when you are being treated unfairly, but preventing it can be more difficult than it really should be.You don’t necessarily need to be an employment law expert to recognise when ...

A playground-related fight to beat an unfair disciplinary allegation

21 October 2020
Teaching assistant Sam loved working in school and adored the children, so it was her worst nightmare to be accused of deliberately injuring a pupil.Sam faced a fight to save her job after the pare...

Managing concerns about an employee’s performance during a pandemic

20 October 2020
A tricky dilemma facing many employers in the current climate is how do you judge and manage an underperforming employee?The coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic has forced us all to assess and change h...

Unfair disciplinary process after an accident waiting to happen

14 October 2020
Having been injured in an accident at work, branded a liar and then sacked, things really could not get much worse for Miriam.Food factory worker Miriam slipped on a milk spillage an...
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