Are ‘Difficult’ Employees in Breach of Contract?

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 20 August 2019
Patricia Rooney
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We have an employee who is disabled. Having sought advice from Occupational Health, we have made reasonable adjustments. However, every time we attempt to interact with this employee, he is difficult and refuses to engage. He says he will only meet with us in the presence of his union representative. We also understand he is about to issue a grievance and may have issued legal proceedings against the Company.  Can we dismiss him on the basis that there is a breach of trust and confidence?

A duty of trust and confidence is usually an applied term within an employment contract.  Allegations of breach of trust and confidence are often used by employees in support of claims of

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