Decision Maker: Appeals Committee
Decision status: Recommendations Approved
Is Key decision?: No
Is subject to call in?: No
The meeting reconvened on Wednesday 30th January 2019 at 16.00pm to consider the further information provided in the Supplementary Information pack.
The Dismissing Officer, supported by the Human Resources Advisor, presented the supplementary information on behalf of the Authority. The Dismissing Officer called one witness.
The Appellant, supported by a Trade Union representative, presented his supplementary information. The Appellant called no witnesses.
The Panel asked questions of both parties and both parties asked question of each other.
Both parties were given the opportunity to summarise their case.
At 16.40 the Panel adjourned the meeting whilst deliberations took place regarding their decision. The parties were informed that they would be notified of the decision in writing within five working days.
The Panel was satisfied that that the Council’s policies and procedures had been followed correctly by the Dismissing Officer.
The Panel found all of the allegations proven, with the exception of allegation 6, which they found not proven. The Panel concluded that the Appellant’s conduct amounted to gross misconduct.
The Panel considered the submission of the appellant that there had been a significant difference in treatment between the Appellant and a colleague in relation to the maintenance of contemporaneous electronic records and concluded there had not been a significant difference.
The Panel gave consideration to the evidence submitted in mitigation, including that concerning the excessive workload due to vacancies in the team, and the lack of formal line management due to illness. The Panel also considered whether, taking into account all the circumstances, the sanction was too severe.
RESOLVED unanimously that, having carefully considered all the information presented by the Appellant and the Dismissing Officer, the appeal was dismissed.
The meeting started at 1.30 pm and ended at 4.12 pm
Publication date: 31/01/2019
Date of decision: 10/12/2018
Decided at meeting: 10/12/2018 - Appeals Committee