HR problems pageTuesday, May 10th, 2011
A lazy employee
Can we sack a man for being lazy?
No, that is far too subjective. If the man is not performing to a reasonable standard you should have a discussion with him. Explain the standard required and the extent by which he is failing to reach it. Ask if he can identify any problems that prevent him from performing well and take reasonable steps yourself to help him perform. This may involve extra training or supervision. Make clear that he has to improve if he is to remain in employment. Give him a reasonable time to get up to standard but, if he fails to do so, you should try to redeploy him into more suitable work. If you are unable to do this, then you are entitled to dismiss on grounds of incapability. If there is evidence that he is not trying, then you can instead use your discipline procedure. However, this is general advice. You must look at your own discipline and capability procedures to determine exactly what to do.
Can we employ schoolchildren to do Saturday work for us?
The law governing the employment of schoolchildren is very strict. It is a local issue. Unless the employment is something arranged through the school, you should first get in touch with your Local Education Authority who will be able to tell you the rules and constraints. You will find that there are limits both to what work youngsters may do and the hours they may work in