serious misconduct

Serious misconduct is behaviour by an employee that fundamentally breaches their contract of employment. This includes actions that pose a significant risk to the health and safety of others or the reputation or profits of the employer's business, as well as theft, fraud, assault, sexual harassment or disobeying lawful and reasonable instructions related to the job.

Serious misconduct encompasses actions that are so harmful or egregious that they justify immediate dismissal. This includes activities that endanger others or the business, acts of dishonesty, violent behaviour, sexual harassment or willfully disobeying important instructions. Such conduct breaks the fundamental trust between the employer and employee and often leads to termination without notice.

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