Employee Charged with Criminal Offence – How Do I Handle It?

Posted in : How Do I Handle It ROI on 24 June 2024
Claire Macken
Issues covered: Reputational damage; Criminal offence; Disciplinary; Gross misconduct

An employee has recently been charged with a criminal offence arising from an incident which happened outside of the workplace. We are deeply concerned about the reputational damage for the company and want to know if we have sufficient grounds to dismiss this employee.  How do we handle it?

As is the case with most employment law related matters, there is no “one size fits all” approach when it comes to dealing with an employee charged with a criminal offence. Each case needs to be determined on its own merits and in some situations, it may be fair and reasonable to terminate the employment.

Generally there must be some link between the criminal charge and the employment relationship

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This article is correct at 24/06/2024

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