Ask an expert
Question

31 May 2011

Employee neglegence costs company
Dear Labour Expert

My husband and I own a automotive mechanical repair shop. The problem is with one of our employees: he makes mistakes that cost the business money.
This happens often.
Over the past two months he made three expensive mistakes. The first was with paintwork and I deducted the cost of the mistake from his salary. He then complained to the dept of Labour and I had to pay him back. Then, a few weeks later, he tried to fit and incorrect part to a car which resulted that we could not return the " used"  part and had to buy another. I gave him a warning.
Last week het replaced parts on a wheel and because he did not tighten the nuts, the wheel came off during a test drive and caused alot of damage to the car.

What do I do?
Can I dismiss him? Or recover some of the damages he caused?

I understand that I should have a discliplinary hearing, but what is the charge? Negligence? Gross negligence (if there''s a difference)?

And how many more times must this happen before we can dismiss him?

I no longer trust him to do mechanical work - can I demote him and cut his pay?

Please advise?

Regards
Elise
Answer 701 views
Expert
Labour lawyer
Labour Lawyer

01 Jan 0001

re: Employee neglegence cost company

If the employee makes mistakes it is up to you to discipline him or to dismiss him. You can only recover damages if you can show that he did this on purpose.
The information provided does not constitute a diagnosis of your condition. You should consult a medical practitioner or other appropriate health care professional for a physical examination, diagnosis and formal advice. Health24 and the expert accept no responsibility or liability for any damage or personal harm you may suffer resulting from making use of this content.
Voting Booth
Have you entered our Health of the Nation survey?
Please select an option Oops! Something went wrong, please try again later.
Results
Yes
34% - 9250 votes
No
66% - 17780 votes
Vote