People are Stupid, Ctd

God knows why fools argue with their bosses when the evidence is irrefutable, but the do and they quite rightly get the sack. Then. of course, they trot off to the Employment Relations Authority only to find they get the arse card again.

A street cleaner who filed false timesheets was caught out when the GPS on his truck revealed he was at home not work.

The Employment Relations Authority has found Nelson City Council maintenance contractor Downer was justified in sacking Robert Stuart because he overstated his work hours.

Downer found Stuart had been systematically falsifying his job records and dismissed him for serious misconduct.

Stuart filed a personal grievance claim, seeking $12,000 in compensation for unjustified dismissal.

He said the decision to sack him was overly harsh, given his 6 years of service without any complaints. He also claimed the decision was predetermined, citing the “smug grin” on O’Donnell’s face as evidence.

ERA member David Appleton found Downer was justified in dismissing Stuart.

An analysis of his job records showed he claimed a total of 17 hours in excess of his lunch allowance, as well as almost 46 hours at home at the end of the day, between June and December 2010.

The ERA dismissed Stuart’s claim for compensation and dismissed Downer’s counterclaim to get back the extra pay.

The ERA should have awarded Downer their claim. This worker stole time and money from his employer.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him, you can’t ignore him.

To read Cam’s previous articles click on his name in blue.

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