Carrying out a disciplinary investigation

As an employer, you may need to carry out a disciplinary investigation. In these circumstances it is essential to handle the matter in a way that is both transparent and fair. Acas Code of Practice This should be an employer’s… Read on

Misconduct outside the workplace

Many employees may assume that how they behave outside work has nothing to do with their employer. While they may be right, there are occasions when misconduct within one’s personal life may have repercussions for their employment, resulting in disciplinary… Read on

Unfair to dismiss bus driver for failing drugs test

An employment tribunal has ruled that a bus driver was unfairly dismissed when his employer dismissed him for gross misconduct after he failed a drugs test.  There were no indications that the driver had been under the influence of drugs… Read on

easyJet settles bacon baguette case

We report on a case that has met with much consternation amongst the HR community. But how did it come to this? Background The Claimant in this case, Shannon Gleeson, a flight attendant, was given 2 sandwiches (a croquet-monsieur and… Read on

What is a disciplinary hearing?

A disciplinary hearing is a meeting that is called by an employer to address in a formal way any issues they have with an employee. Day to day matters that have little impact on the business will usually be dealt… Read on

Final written warning could be relied on

Contrary to the case we have recently reported (Bandara v. BBC) we report on an EAT decision where the employer was allowed to rely on a final written warning, even though the Employment Tribunal held that the initial warning had… Read on

Are you carrying out a reasonable investigation?

The employment tribunal has provided a reminder about the importance of an employer not simply relying upon a breach of the black letter of its policies to dismiss an employee. Background In this case, Citibank dismissed employee Mr Stimpson for… Read on

New case on disparity of treatment in unfair dismissal

Two employees, both found guilty of gross misconduct (one for kneeing in the leg and sending text messages of a violent nature, the other hitting his colleague in the face). The former was dismissed, the latter was not. Was this… Read on

Supporting the Rugby World Cup? Employment Tips

Employers will not be able to avoid the fact that the biggest sporting event is now on – the Rugby World Cup. With England as its host, the opening match is taking place in Twickenham on 18th September 2015 and… Read on