Misconduct is behaviour that an employer deems inappropriate or unacceptable for an employee.

Examples of the types of behaviours considered to be misconduct should be included in the handbook – although it should be made clear these are not all encompassing. The possible consequences of behaving in such a manner should also be made clear in the handbook.

Misconduct usually relates to an employee’s conduct during working hours.

There are varying degrees of severity of misconduct from minor misdemeanours (which might include, for example, a lack of punctuality or using the company telephone for personal calls) through to gross misconduct such as stealing, violence or behaviour which jeopardises the safety of fellow employees