In a recent case in the Employment Relation Authority, an employer was found to have unjustifiably dismissed an employee after a work incident. The employee in question had a verbal altercation with a colleague during a shift, the argument was heated and resulted in the supervisor sending the employee home. The employee mistakenly believed that she had been dismissed.
The Authority member who heard the case outlined in her judgement that the onus was on the company to contact the employee after this incident. The employer was ordered to pay the employee 3 months lost wages and hurt and humiliation compensation of $7,000 reduced by 50% for the employee’s contribution.
So, how can you get it right?
Don’t assume that an employee that doesn’t come to work has resigned and never suggest resignation to an employee in any circumstances.
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Tarryn has worked in HR for over 14 years and loves to solve problems. She is a self professed employment relations junkie! She lives in Auckland with her dedicated husband, tireless toddler and three special needs cats.