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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 par...

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...

A disciplinary process that really did leave a nasty taste

07 October 2020
The change of ownership of a business can be a worrying and uncertain time for any employee.However, restaurant manager Chanel felt reassured when she met the new owners of...

The injustice of being considered guilty of a disciplinary offence before being cleared

30 September 2020
Guilt by association can sometimes be grossly unfair and in Kim’s case it led to her facing the threat of dismissal from her job.The delivery driver/warehouse operative was suspended from work foll...

Call for workplace drug testing to help combat the scourge of drug crime

21 September 2020
Employers can play a role in the fight against widespread drug use by randomly testing employees for Class A drugs. London mayoral candidate Shaun Bailey, recently said if he is elected...

Making a snap decision with CCTV footage to support an allegation

09 September 2020
There is a well-known saying that the camera never lies… and it is one that employers seem to adopt when considering CCTV footage in disciplinary matters.Stan was a secondary school teacher who was...

In need of a helping hand to ensure a disciplinary hearing is a fair fight

19 August 2020
Combative Jan was no stranger to a fight but she found herself in desperate need of help when she faced an unfair battle to save her job.At a disciplinary hearing the shop worker, who was also a ma...

Playing it safe and considering mitigation to avoid a disciplinary hazard

12 August 2020
Patrick was caught bang to rights when he committed a serious health and safety breach at work.The building worker was filmed cutting wood without wearing safety glasses. The evidence was irrefutab...

A dream ending to a disciplinary mess

05 August 2020
Whatever the reason employees will often know when their time with an employer is coming to an end as the signs can be very clear beforehand.For shop manager Gina it’s no exaggeration to say it rea...

A good deed that resulted in bad disciplinary action

22 July 2020
Ernie would often help out colleagues in trouble at work and it was a selfless act of goodwill that left him in an unfair battle to save his job.The long-serving maintenance worker, and former trad...

A disciplinary process that really put an employee’s faith to the test

15 July 2020
Teaching assistant Fiona was wrongly branded an obnoxious bigot for asking collegues questions about their religion.At a disciplinary hearing she was accused of making offensive comments when she q...

Learning the hard way that failing to be on your best behaviour at all times can lead to disciplinary trouble.

09 July 2020
Valuable lessons can be learned during away training days including ones about the serious repercussions that can follow any alleged bad behaviourExperienced car part sales advisor Greg faced the t...

The aim of disciplinary action and factors to consider

29 June 2020
Most people are likely to agree an employee deserves to be punished if they do something wrong -  but is it how disciplinary action should really work?The disciplinary procedure is the formal ...

Don’t let a grievance have a negative impact on the bottom line

22 June 2020
Resolving an employee grievance amicably and quickly is always best and it can save valuable time and money.Unresolved or protracted workplace conflict can have serious consequences for any busines...