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Gross misconduct

What is gross misconduct?

Gross misconduct describes a situation in which an employee engages in poor behaviour which is so serious that it warrants dismissal without notice, even if it is only a first offence.

The term generally refers to behaviour which threatens:

  • the wellbeing or safety of the employee or their colleagues
  • the employer’s reputation

All employers should document the types of behaviour which may constitute gross misconduct to ensure that employees have a clear idea of what is expected of them.

Examples of gross misconduct

The following are examples of behaviour that could constitute gross misconduct in the workplace:

  • Violence at work
  • Sexual harassment
  • Deliberate damage to company property
  • Theft
  • Fraud
  • Substance abuse

HR Rely members can download a disciplinary policy template.