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Costly HR Mistakes (PART 2)

Following on from my last article, some more costly HR mistakes that can be avoided.

Costly HR Mistakes (PART 1)

Being complacement with how investigations are conducted as well as not being aware of and acting on inappropriate workplace banter are just two of the areas in HR practice that can prove very costly to employers but can easily be avoided.

Fair Dismissal of Airline Check In Operator

For a change, a report on a recent case where the EAT determined that a dismissal of an air line check in operator for breaches of procedures had been fair and the claimant's appeal against his dismissal failed.

Breach of Confidentiality

In a recent case (UD 346/2013) where a Purchasing Assistant with over 12 years service was awarded €19,000 for unfair dismissal because she had sent confidential emails to her husband, even though the information was not used by her husband or of use to him, a number of process issues were highlighted that are useful to review.

No Disciplinary Process But Dismissal Held To be Fair

Despite the absence of a proper disciplinary process that afforded the required due process and rights to an employee who was the subject of a gross misconduct allegation, the dismissal was deemed to be fair.

Sports Store Manager Awarded €20k for unfair dismissal despite a number of unauthorised absences !

The EAT did not agree that with the Respondent Company's view that a store manager had an example to set to other staff and said she was unfairly dismissed in respect of a number of short un-authorised absences over a three day period in December 2012.

Nursing Home Chef Awarded €30k for Unfair Dismissal

In a recent case (UD1425/2012) a chef who had worked in a nursing home for almost 4 years was awarded €30,000 as the disciplinary process conducted was fundamentally flawed and prejudicial to the claimant.

Dismissal Upheld For Failing To Work Rostered Hours on Xmas Day

This month I will be looking at some topical workplace cases in respect of the Xmas holiday season. A gas fitter had his appeal against his dismissal turned down by the EAT recently (UD888/2013)in respect of his refusal to work on Xmas Day 2012 as per a roster that had been published the previous February.

€20k Award For Housekeeper Dismissed Due To Bullying Allegations

The importance of allowing employees to be made aware of and have the opportunity to respond to complaints against them before being dismissed was highlighted in this case (UD 1665/2012 & MN 259/2013) when the claimant won her unfair dismissal claim.

Dismissal For Not Paying For a Cup of Tea Upheld

In this appeal (UD 826/2013) against a previous Rights Commissioner Recommendation the employee's dismissal whilst deemed to be harsh was not held to be unfair as per the Unfair Dismissal Acts

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