By Antonia Blackwell

Employers are well advised to act on allegations of gross misconduct as soon as they become aware of them to ensure the fairness of any subsequent dismissal.

However, a recent case has offered hope to employers who fail to take action straight away.

British Waterways Board v Smith: case summary
Mr Smith worked for the British Waterways Board as a manual worker from 1 April 2005 to 4 June 2013. He was part of the team responsible for the maintenance and general upkeep of canals and reservoirs, working on a rota pattern which included him being on standby for one week in every five…

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