What do you do when a trusted employee acts in such a way as to fundamentally breach the contractual relationship you have in place between you?
No easy task and always a worse nightmare situation for any employer, acts of gross misconduct are unfortunately all too often a reality we have to face. So what tools do you have in your armour to help you deal with the situation quickly, efficiently and with the minimum of damage to your business?
Where gross misconduct is concerned you have the right to implement a summary dismissal procedure, an immediate dismissal without notice or payment in lieu of notice, as long as you can demonstrate that you have a solid reason, have conducted a thorough investigation and have followed proper procedure. However, it is advisable in all except the most extreme cases to conduct a full disciplinary process first including two to three warnings (written and verbal) and provision for the employee to appeal.
Dismissal is always a last resort but armour up and ensure you have the right procedures in places to deal with this if you have to.