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Can You Be Sacked For Sleeping In And Arriving Late For Work?

Can you be sacked for sleeping in and arriving late for work?

If you regularly sleep in and arrive late for work, it could cost you your job, according to employment experts.

Most bosses understand an occasional delay in getting to work, but if tardiness becomes a habit, you could be sacked.

Most employers expect workers to not be late for work

According to a CareerBuilder survey, 29 percent of employers say they have no problem with the occasional late arrival, as long as it doesn’t become a pattern.

Meanwhile, 18 percent say employees can be late if the work still gets done.

But not all are lenient.

53 percent expect employees to be on time every day, and 4 in 10 (41 percent) have fired someone for being late.

Arriving late to work not a good habit to get into

Industrial advocate Miles Heffernan from IR Claims says turning up late is not a good habit to get into.

“Lateness is all about visibility, and the moment you are on the radar of your boss, you could quickly find yourself without a job,” he said.

Worker sacked after six warnings for lateness

Car detailer Todd Rooney lost his unfair dismissal claim after his employer sacked sacked him for consistently sleeping in and arriving late for work.

Rooney worked for car auction company Pickles Auctions in Sydney for almost seven years.

The company had issued him with six written warnings, in addition to verbal warnings about his tardiness.

On the day Pickles fired him, Rooney should have started work at 8am.

However, he slept through his alarm until 8.52am, arriving at work at 9.05am.

He told his boss he thought “the time was earlier than it was.”

The company sacked him later that day with four weeks pay.

Rooney argued in the Fair Work Commission that his dismissal was unfair because his employer did not have a problem with his work, except for his lateness.

He said he liked his job, and didn’t have a problem with his co-workers.

However, Pickles argued that Rooney’s repeated lateness was a valid reason for his dismissal.

Additionally, they said he failed to follow a company policy requiring him to notify his Supervisor that he will be late.

Valid reason for dismissal

In the end, Commissioner Ian Cambridge found Pickles had a valid substantive basis for dismissing Rooney.

Furthermore, he praised the way the company handled the matter, describing it as “proper and just, and should be properly recognised as commendable.”

He dismissed the unfair dismissal application concluding Rooney’s sacking was not harsh, unjust or unreasonable.


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