Issues like absenteeism, poor performance, inappropriate conduct, disciplinaries and grievances take up huge amounts of time and when they are not managed according to best practice can result in an employee taking a claim to the Workplace Relations Commission (WRC).
When a claim is being assessed, the Adjudication Officer will look for the policy and procedure relevant to the case and also for the evidence that the employer followed these procedures.
Often it is not the decision the employer made that determines the outcome of the case but how they arrived at that decision.
In a case with clear evidence that an employee removed merchandise from their employer’s warehouse without permission, the WRC found in favour of the employee and awarded them compensation to be paid by their employer.
The employer dismissed the employee on the basis of the evidence without going through the correct procedure. The employee brought a claim of unfair dismissal to the WRC who acknowledged that what the employee did was gross misconduct yet their actions alone were not enough to justify dismissal without following procedure, in this case a formal disciplinary and appeals procedure.
This is how easy it is for employers to find themselves paying compensation that in some cases could mean the end of their business.
By having a HR expert to guide you through these sensitive and challenging issues you can be confident that all of your options will be explained and explored and your risk of a claim will be significantly reduced.
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