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Q. What is the difference between misconduct and gross misconduct?


Misconduct is used to describe actions that are serious and unacceptable to continue. Examples of Misconduct are:

  • Being late for work
  • High levels of sickness absence
  • Wasting time during working hours
  • Smoking in forbidden areas

Gross Misconduct is used to describe an act or actions that are so severe, that they fundamentally damage trust and confidence in that employee. Examples of Gross Misconduct are:

  • Fraud, theft or acts of dishonesty
  • Serious health and safety offences
  • Violence, bullying or harassment

We recommend that you have your examples listed in your Staff Handbook.

Charlotte Orange
Charlotte Winder
HR Advisor
01772 600228
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