Disciplinary rules

Misconduct

The following are examples of misconduct that may lead to disciplinary action. This list does not cover every possibility but is intended to indicate the type of misconduct that could lead to disciplinary action and, if persistent, dismissal.

  • Using the company’s telephone, e-mail or internet for personal purposes without express permission
  • Unauthorised absence
  • Lateness
  • Insubordination
  • Unauthorised consumption of intoxicating liquor during working hours on the premises.
  • Smoking other than outside the premises.
  • Negligent work
  • Lack of commitment
  • Misuse of Lara Nichols facilities or property
  • Inappropriate behaviour with the potential to cause offence
  • Giving an unauthorised reference on behalf of Lara Nichols
  • Disregard of the Data Protection policy
  • Disregard of the Equal Opportunities policy
  • Failure to follow absence reporting procedures
  • Failure to co-operate with self-certification procedures
  • Disregard of the Dress Code
  • Disregard of the Code of Conduct
  • Failure to notify your line manager of any gift or token from a client
  • Disregard of the Health and Safety Policy
  • Disregard of the internet and email or social networking policy
  • Significant failure in following internal procedures
  • Harassment of any description towards another person including:
    • offensive or suggestive material
    • offensive or suggestive comments
    • unacceptable or suggestive acts
  • Any act that is incompatible with the mission of Lara Nichols.

 Gross misconduct

The following are examples of misconduct that may be regarded as Gross Misconduct. In this context the word “serious” implies such severity as to mean a complete breakdown of trust in the employee. This list does not cover every possibility but is intended to indicate the type of misconduct that could lead to summary dismissal.

  • Theft from Lara Nichols, other employees or service users
  • Fraud (such as deliberate falsification of sickness records)
  • Serious breach of the internet and email or social networking policy
  • Sleeping on duty
  • Fighting or assault on another person
  • Malicious damage to Lara Nichols property
  • Incapability through alcohol or being under the influence of illegal drugs
  • Wanton negligence
  • Gross insubordination
  • Serious abuse or misuse of Lara Nichols facilities or property
  • Disruptive or abusive behaviour causing serious damage to relationships
  • Giving of an unauthorised reference that has the potential of exposing Lara Nichols to a claim for damages
  • Any breach of a policy that has the potential of exposing Lara Nichols to a claim for damages or breaches a fellow employee’s trust and confidence in Lara Nichols
  • An unsafe act exposing self or others to severe injury
  • Bringing Lara Nichols into disrepute
  • Flagrant failure to follow Lara Nichols documentary procedures, policies or codes
  • Acts of incitement or intentional acts of discrimination on the grounds of age;  disability;   gender reassignment;  marriage and civil partnership; pregnancy and maternity; race; religion or belief;  sex; or sexual orientation.
  • Serious harassment of any description towards another person
  • Any deliberate act that is entirely incompatible with the mission of Lara Nichols

This policy was last reviewed in April 2018