Employers notice punctuality since recession

Employers have begun to take notice of their employees' punctuality since the recession began, a new survey has revealed.

According to Career Builder UK, 39 per cent of businesses admitted to caring more about tardiness than when the country was in a healthy economic climate.

As many as 15 per cent of employers said that would sack a member of staff if they were late more than three times.

However, James Carmody, principal at Reculver Solicitors, advised business owners against disciplining one member of staff and not doing the same for another if they commit the same crime.

He also stated that dismissal for lateness cannot be used for an ulterior motive.

This could come as a warning to people with DIY employment contracts as unfair dismissal could lead to court.

Mr Carmody added: "Many employers will … recognise that although some employees may saunter through the door at 9:20 … they work their lunch hours and generally put in a lot of extra hours without additional payment."

Posted by Morag Lyall

Published on: June 16, 2010

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