Can throwing an egg at the Prime Minister be reason enough for your employer to sack you?
- May 19, 2019
- WBH Legal Administration
- Comments Off on Can throwing an egg at the Prime Minister be reason enough for your employer to sack you?
A recent incident where Australian Prime Minister was the victim of an attempted egging has prompted the question – “Can throwing an egg at the Prime Minister be reason enough for your employer to sack you?”
The answer is Yes!
A recent article Published on TheConversation.com explains that:
“Australian employment law requires that an employee cooperate with their employer, and not engage in any conduct that would undermine the business or bring it into disrepute.
These are terms implied into every employee’s contract of employment by the common law. Over the past 30 years or so, the courts have increasingly interpreted these principles to enable employers to control the private or out-of-hours conduct of employees.
You could therefore find yourself lawfully sacked for untoward behaviour at a work Christmas party, or for posting derogatory comments about the business on Facebook – so long as your employer can show there is a sufficient connection to the employment”
We recommend you read the full article here for more details.
If you have any questions, call us on 08 8410 4420.