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The claimant was dismissed by reason of gross misconduct and in particular.

Can Home Working Be Made Permanent Through Custom and Practice?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/06/2021 If employees have been working from home during the coronavirus pandemic, can they argue that through custom and practice, it has become a term of their contract of employment that they are entitled to work from home on a permanent basis? During the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, many employees h...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19 Remote and Hybrid Working

Travelling to non-approved countries – can we refuse the leave?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 01/06/2021 Can an employer refuse to allow holidays and/or cancel an employee's holiday leave if they are using the holiday to go to another country which is not on the approved travel list? How employers choose to deal with an employee whose holiday plans would require them to quarantine, or self-isolate, on...
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Coronavirus/Covid-19 Annual Leave and Holiday Pay

Can we still dismiss an employee for an act of gross misconduct which took place several months ago?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/05/2021 If you were aware of the alleged act of misconduct at the time and did not initiate an investigation process, this could have potential implications in relation to the fairness of any subsequent dismissal. In order for a dismissal to be fair, it should not only be for one of the potentially fair re...
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Dismissal Discipline

In terms of “taking account of all the circumstances” before a dismissal for gross misconduct, what issues should we be considering?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/05/2021 The relevant factors to consider when deciding whether to dismiss will often depend on the specific facts of the case but, in general terms, employers should usually consider the relevant background to the offence, including previous warnings given to the employee or similar incidents. Length of se...
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Dismissal Discipline

Do we still need to consider alternatives to dismissal in disciplinary proceedings involving allegations of gross misconduct?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/05/2021 Employers should be mindful of their obligation to consider all the circumstances and other options to dismissal (such as final warning or demotion, where the contract allows for this), as a tribunal can still find that dismissal was outside the band of reasonable responses, even where there has be...
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Dismissal Discipline

What factors should we be considering when determining whether an employee’s behaviour amounts to gross misconduct?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 04/05/2021 What constitutes gross misconduct is a mixed question of fact and law. In general terms, “gross misconduct” connotes the most serious types of misconduct. It must be a fundamental breach i.e. a breach going to the heart of the contract. The misconduct must be gross (i.e. extreme, or abnormal) and c...
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Dismissal Discipline

An employee has recently resigned in advance of a disciplinary hearing - can we continue with disciplinary proceedings?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 13/04/2021 Fundamentally, if the employment relationship has ended, you cannot compel a former employee to attend any disciplinary hearing. You could of course choose to continue with disciplinary proceedings, but there may be little practical benefit of doing so. A potential situation where the employer may ...
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Discipline

An employee is refusing to return to the workplace due to COVID-19 concerns - what do we need to consider?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 13/04/2021 There are a number of issues you will want to consider when deciding how to deal with this situation, including: what level of national or local restriction applies; the nature of the workplace, and whether any restrictions on opening apply; the nature of the employee’s work, including whether the...
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Health and Safety Coronavirus/Covid-19

Does the right to be accompanied apply at a meeting to discuss an occupational health report?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 13/04/2021 An employee has a statutory right to be accompanied (by a trade union representative or a fellow worker) at a "disciplinary meeting" which is defined as a meeting that could result in a formal warning being issued to a worker by the employer; the taking of some other action in respect of a worker b...
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Absence and Sickness Discipline

How much detail of allegations are we required to give an employee in advance of an investigative meeting?

Posted in: First Tuesday Q&A NI on 13/04/2021 It should be noted at the outset that investigatory meetings are not disciplinary hearings and employers generally have more discretion in terms of the detail that is provided to employees in advance of an investigatory meeting. In general terms, an investigatory meeting is essentially a fact-findi...
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Discipline