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Aim to fire by the book

AGENDA - COMMENT

THE RECENT series of unfair dismissal cases brought successfully by staff must leave many bosses wondering whether they can ever fire anybody.

First there was a painter who was judged to have been unfairly dismissed after he was caught working somewhere else when signed off sick, then the railway worker who won an unfair dismissal case after refusing a random drug test, even though he admit ted to tak ing cocaine.

The appeal ruling this week that saw a £5,000 compensation payment to the railway worker overturned is a victory for good sense. When directors are struggling to get through all the red tape needed to run a business it offers hope that common sense can prevail sometimes.

But the message has to remain the same: in the world of no-win, no-fee legal battles, every disciplinary procedure must be followed to the exact letter.

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