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HCI suspends its executive chairman for gross misconduct (Plus everything you need to know about misconduct)

by , 24 October 2014
The executive chairman of Hosken Consolidated Investments (HCI), Marcel Golding has been suspended.

HCI released a statement on Wednesday saying it has suspended Golding pending a disciplinary enquiry into allegations of gross misconduct.

According to Money Web, apart from his role at HCI, Golding is also a non-executive director of Tsogo Sun Holdings, non-executive chairman of Johnnic Holdings, CEO of e.tv, chairman of KWV and non-executive chairman of Celcom Group.

This well-respected businessman isn't going down without a fight though. He's launched a bid to challenge his suspension.

Following this shocking suspension, our experts have been inundated with questions from employers who want to know what misconduct is and how they need to deal with it.

Keep reading as we tell you everything you need to know...

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Here's what you need to know about misconduct

According to the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service, misconduct is any sort of bad behaviour, delinquency, wrongdoing, transgression, disobedience, indiscretion, negligence, etc.
Basically, the term is used to describe bad behaviour.
There's no complete or definitive list of types of misconduct that employees can commit at the workplace. But, the following are more common offences that constitute misconduct in the workplace:
You'll find the full list of these offences in the Labour Law for Managers Loose Leaf Service.

So how do you discipline employees for misconduct?

In every case of misconduct there needs to be a rule, norm, standard, policy or practice an employee, either by an action or by a failure to act, has contravened or broken.
This way, if you have a disciplinary code in place to regulate offences that constitute misconduct, you can take action when employees commit it. You can do this by holding a disciplinary hearing. After this, you can impose the appropriate sanction.
Note: In cases of gross misconduct, dismissal is usually acceptable even if it's a first offence.
Now that you know all about misconduct, deal with it effectively.

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