We are aware that an increasing number of Māori organisations are being ordered to pay large sums of money to employees who have committed serious misconduct.   If the proper process had been followed, this would have not been necessary.

All too often employers are ordered to pay large sums of money, sometimes in the thousands of dollars, to employees who have committed serious misconduct. Yes it does seem ridiculous, and if the proper processes had been followed, this would not be necessary.

A recent example involved an employee who struck someone.  The dismissal was later found to be justified, but the person was not consulted about their proposed suspension pending the investigation.

The employer was ordered to pay several thousand dollars in compensation, for breach of the employee’s right to a fair process.

An employer must follow proper steps when undertaking any disciplinary process regarding an employee in addition to the specific requirements of any employment agreement.

Free employer’s guide to the disciplinary process.