Summary: In a suspected misconduct case does an employer have to investigate every line of defence put forward by an employee in order to secure a fair dismissal?
No, held the Court of Appeal in Shrestha v Genesis Housing available here.
Comment: This is welcome confirmation for employers that they need only carry out a reasonable investigation when dismissing for misconduct. Employers do not have to do everything possible to investigate every possible explanation put forward by an employee.
We will explore this case further in our March Newsletter.