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Can I fire the rioter on my payroll?

12 August 2011

As details of those involved in the recent rioting start to emerge, some employers might decide they no longer want to employ those who are implicated in criminal activity particularly where their identities have been revealed in the press.

Whether you can dismiss an employee involved in the rioting will depend on whether you can establish a sufficient connection between the conduct and the employee’s job. So while a retailer might be able to fairly dismiss an employee filmed looting a shop, the case of a non-retail worker may be more difficult to justify.

A fair dismissal procedure, in line with the ACAS Code, should always be followed.

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