Even the nicest people are pushed to the end of their tether when employees push them too far and they are rather inclined to ask “Can I sack the so and so?” Usually they have failed to follow any sort of proper disciplinary process, so the answer has to be no in the first instance.
Fortunately for the sanity of employers
most people want to do a good job and do so most of the time. But many workplaces will find that they have someone who regularly flouts the rules in an irritating and rather childish fashion.
This week a long-standing client came to me because one of his team had disappeared from work and had not made any proper contact. The only contact has been with his housemate who happens to work in another department of the employer’s business, confirmed that the employee was unwell, but was unable (or perhaps unwilling) to add anything else. The employee is entitled to occupational sick pay, though he does have to satisfy minimum notification criteria and he has not done so. We intend therefore to confine pay for the period of absence to SSP.
We know the employee has no underlying medical condition; he has been disciplined for poor attendance in the past. Interestingly, for the period of the warning, his attendance and adherence to rules was perfect! We will explore matters formally on his return to work. The manager of this employee is not likely to bay for blood. He is … Read More