This case in the Court of Appeal is a reminder to Employers to follow their own procedures. In this case the employer failed to follow its own absence procedure. This comment from the Court may have caused the HR Manager involved some embarrassment:

“If the Tribunal had taken account of the resources of the Respondent – and in particular that a member of the personnel department ought to have ensured the proper application of the policy both at the final review and at the dismissal hearing – the Tribunal would have concluded that it was not reasonable for the Respondent to treat non-compliance with the absence procedure as a sufficient reason for dismissal. Further the result of the final review was, having regard to the employer’s own procedures, manifestly inappropriate.”