MISCONDUCT

 

1.   Procedural fairness

          Introduction

1.1.   The right to a hearing

1.2.   The right to fair notice of the hearing

1.3.   The right to fair suspension

1.4.   The right to representation

1.5.   The right to cross-examine and challenge evidence

1.6.   The right to call witnesses

1.7.   The right to an interpreter

1.8.   The right to an independent chairperson

1.9.   The right to lead evidence in mitigation of sanction

1.10.   The right to be informed of the outcome

1.11.   The right to an appeal

1.12.   The intervention of the Labour Court

1.13.   Disciplinary Codes & Procedures

1.14.   Discipline and shop stewards

1.15.   Pre-dismissal inquiry by arbitrator

1.16.   Procedural fairness in disciplinary action less than dismissal

1.17.   The use of lie detectors / polygraphs

2.   Substantive fairness (see specific offences covered)

2.1.   Essential elements

2.1.1.   Is there a work related rule?

2.1.2.   Is the rule valid or reasonable?

2.1.3.   Did the employee have knowledge of the rule?

2.1.4.   Has the employee breached that rule?

2.1.5.   Has the rule been consistently applied?

2.1.6.   What is the appropriate sanction?

2.2.   When is dismissal an appropriate sanction?

2.3.   Specific Offences (listed alphabetically)

2.3.1.   Abscondment

2.3.2.   Absence without leave / absenteeism

2.3.3.   Abusive and insulting conduct (including abusive language)

2.3.4.   Alcohol and drug use

2.3.5.   Assault and fighting

2.3.6.   Breach of confidentiality

2.3.7.   Breach of fiduciary duties / private business activities

2.3.8.   Breach of safety rules

2.3.9.   Breach of trust

2.3.10.   Breakage

2.3.11.   Bribery (including acceptance of gifts)

2.3.12.   Bringing the employer into disrepute

2.3.13.   Clocking offences

2.3.14.   Conduct at a disciplinary hearing

2.3.15.   Corruption

2.3.16.   Criminal conduct / conviction / record

2.3.17.   Damage to property

2.3.18.   Dereliction of duty

2.3.19.   Desertion

2.3.20.   Dishonesty

2.3.21.   Disloyalty

2.3.22.   Disobeying instructions

2.3.23.   Disruptive behaviour

2.3.24.   Drinking on duty / drug use on duty

2.3.25.   E-mail and electronic media abuse

2.3.26.   Failure to disclose information

2.3.27.   Failure to report breach of company rules

2.3.28.   Fraud and forgery

2.3.29.   Incitement

2.3.30.   Incompatibility

2.3.31.   Incompetence

2.3.32.   Insolence and insubordination

2.3.33.   Intimidation

2.3.34.   Late-coming

2.3.35.   Negligence

2.3.36.   Non-work related conduct

2.3.37.   Personal relationships

2.3.38.   Poor work performance

2.3.39.   Possession of dangerous weapons

2.3.40.   Racial conflict

2.3.41.   Refusal to obey instructions and insubordination

2.3.42.   Refusal to submit to search

2.3.43.   Sabotage

2.3.44.   Safety regulations

2.3.45.   Sexual harassment

2.3.46.   Sexual relationship at work

2.3.47.   Shrinkage

2.3.48.   Sleeping on duty

2.3.49.   Stayaways

2.3.50.   Theft

2.3.51.   Threatening behaviour

2.3.52.   Unauthorised possession of property

2.3.53.   Unauthorized use of vehicles / company property

2.3.54.   Victimisation