Misconduct at work

Topic Index
Preliminary issues
The process


  • Tom Walker, Head of the Employment Department at Pennington Manches, sets out below the key issues and key aspects of procedure when dealing with misconduct at work.
  • Misconduct generally relates to two types of behaviour: minor misconduct such as unauthorised absence or poor time keeping and gross misconduct such as theft or physical assaults.
  • It would be sensible for any disciplinary procedure to set out examples of what classes of behaviour the business considers to be gross misconduct. Give careful thought to whether there are acts of misconduct that when carried out at your specific workplace will amount to gross misconduct, e.g. smoking in a paper mill or being in possession of alcohol on an oil rig.

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