Finding a good job is not easy in today’s competitive world where opportunities only come rarely and if one isn’t ready to grab the opportunity somebody will definitely will. However, some people find good jobs but lose them because of their own doing and the law has given the employers the right to terminate employees when they are found to be involved in things that they must not be doing in the first place. Today we bring you a list of things that usually get people fired from their jobs.
Firstly, let us see what the labour law has to say about this issue. According to the article 61 of the current labour law:
The employer may dismiss the worker without notice and without payment of the end of service gratuity in the following instances:
1. If the worker assumes a false identity or nationality or submits false certificates or documents.
2. If the worker commits an act which causes gross financial loss to the employer provided that the employer shall notify the Department of the incident within twenty four hours from the time of his being aware thereof.
3. If the worker violates more than once the written instructions of the employer concerning the safety of the workers and the establishment despite his being notified in writing of the violation provided that these instructions shall be written and posted up in a conspicuous place.
4. If the worker fails more than once to carry out his essential duties under the service contract or this law despite his having been notified in writing thereof.
5. If the worker discloses the secrets of the establishment where he is employed.
6. If the worker is found during the working hours in a state of drunkenness or under the influence of a drug.
7. If the worker commits an assault on the person of the employer, the manager or one of his supervisors in the work during the work or by reason thereof.
8. If the worker repeats his assault on his colleagues in work despite his being warned in writing thereof.
9. If the worker absents himself from work without legitimate cause for more than seven consecutive days or fifteen days in one year.
10. If the worker has been finally sentenced for a crime involving immorality or dishonesty.
The law makes it fairly clear when an employer is well within his/her rights to fire an employee, however, there may be other reasons as well such as:
- Absenteeism: Absenteeism is the nemesis to the successful workings of any organisation. It is defined as the practice of regularly staying away from work without good reason. Absenteeism reduces the productivity and the efficiency of the organisation and at the same the employer also incurs losses in terms of wages paid to absent employees. As the law states, “If the worker absents himself from work without legitimate cause for more than seven consecutive days or fifteen days in one year”, the employer would be well within his/her rights to fire such an employee. Make sure this doesn’t happen to you.
- Working Part-time: Sure, everybody needs money and everyone wants to make more, however, when you enter into a legally binding employment contract you are not supposed to be working elsewhere as well as the contracts generally forbid doing so. You can work part-time provided you get a written consent from your employer otherwise you would be in violation of your contract and that would be reason enough to fire you.
- Performance: Employment in privately owned business entities is performance driven, that’s why people are hired on a probationary basis to begin with. Later each employee’s performance is reviewed on a quarterly or a half-yearly basis and employees which haven’t performed up to the mark are laid off. Generally, a clause mentioning the performance review and its ramifications are included in the employment contract.
- Politicking: Although being part of employee unions is recognised as a basic human right, some people may indulge in playing politics under the influence of an external entity and bring the organisation into disrepute and cause it to suffer losses. In such a scenario, an employer can terminate the employment contract of the employees who are indulging in this politicking.
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