Gross misconduct

Misconduct so serious as to justify summary dismissal (www.practicallaw.com/3-200-3613) of an employee. What constitutes gross misconduct may vary according to the particular circumstances of the employer and the work the employee is carrying out. Acts of gross misconduct, such as theft, fraud, physical violence, serious negligence or serious breach of health and safety regulations, will result in a serious breach of contractual terms and examples of such conduct will usually be given in an organisation’s disciplinary procedure.

For more information, see Practice note, Conducting a disciplinary investigation and hearing (www.practicallaw.com/8-200-2423) and Practice note, Unfair dismissal: misconduct (www.practicallaw.com/5-508-0598).

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