Police officer pulls sickie

To round off this month’s newsletter we have another outrageous employment law tale. Jonathan Adams phoned in sick but was then spotted by a colleague on Channel 4 racing celebrating his bets coming in.

At a disciplinary hearing, he claimed that he went to the races to cure his illness but the disciplinary panel found that this was not a legitimate excuse and he was ultimately dismissed for dishonesty. There is ample case law on dismissals for pulling a sickie and this case emphasises the risks of doing so – especially when you attend a televised event!