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Can doing nothing be gross misconduct?

Whilst there’s no legally defined list, many actions that employees take can be deemed gross misconduct. But what about inaction or doing nothing - can that also amount to gross misconduct? More...


Unacceptable language in e-mails

An employer has been left red-faced after a member of staff accidentally e-mailed a potential customer calling him a “cheeky f*****”. What simple rule would have prevented its public humiliation? More...


The EAT’s thoughts on Twitter

In Game Retail Ltd v Laws 2014 the employee claimed that he was unfairly dismissed for posting offensive comments on Twitter. The Employment Appeal Tribunal has now heard the case. What can we learn from its ruling? More...


Work e-mail addresses: for work only

Although a work e-mail address should be used for business purposes only, many employees think that they can be treated just like a personal e-mail account. As this could land you in hot water, what’s the answer? More...


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Comment on Facebook - it’s my human right!

In a recent case, a male employee had been sacked for gross misconduct after he posted vulgar comments on Facebook about a female colleague. He argued that this was a “breach of his human rights”. What did the tribunal say? More...


Investigating (fraudulent) sickness absence

It’s been suggested that a sick employee is well enough to work. So you’re thinking about hiring a private investigator to take covert video recordings of them. Can the footage be used as evidence during disciplinary proceedings? More...


Self-preservation or an act of gross misconduct?

In a recent case, an employee selected for redundancy sent vast amounts of confidential information to her private e-mail address. She said it was “self-preservation”, the employer argued it was gross misconduct. Who won? More...


Washing dirty linen at the employment tribunal

A robust e-mail and Internet policy will go a long way to stopping employees from wasting your time. But, as a recent tribunal case shows, having one could also protect your reputation. So what’s the latest news? More...


Can social networking damage your business?

Allowing staff access to sites like Facebook can mean hours of wasted time. But as recent reports show, if it’s not properly managed, it can also harm your reputation. So what’s the latest and how do you stop it happening to you? More...
Last updated: 13.08.2020

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