All items: Conduct

  • Fairness of dismissal: long service a double-edged sword

    28 July 2016

    The dismissal of an experienced baker for not washing his hands was held to be fair by the employment tribunal in Donovan v Greggs plc, because he should have appreciated the seriousness of his misconduct.

  • Misconduct: how to avoid unlawful disparity of treatment

    14 July 2016

    When can an employer impose different sanctions on employees for the same offence? An employee's seniority and experience, previous disciplinary record and attitude after the event can all play a part in the employer's decision-making process.

  • Is use of racist language always a sackable offence?

    9 June 2016

    Can there ever be circumstances in which a dismissal for the use of racist language at work is unfair? The employment tribunal in Mann v NSL Ltd gave short shrift to an unfair dismissal claim by a worker who admitted using a racist term in front of colleagues.

  • Can you dismiss an employee for a single serious mistake?

    19 May 2016

    Old Trafford stadium had to be evacuated, at an estimated cost of £3 million, due to a fake bomb accidentally being left in a toilet after a training exercise. We round up five examples in case law that highlight the consequences of a one-off lapse in judgement.

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Editor's choice: HR and legal information and guidance relating to dismissals for a reason relating to conduct.