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Lying to a Tribunal can lead to Jail
A company boss was jailed in November after he admitted forging documents in a bid to influence an employment tribunal.

The manager of a car hire firm in Falkirk, faked a contract and warning letter after a former receptionist accused him of harassment.

In the course of the Tribunal proceedings, he had realised that he had not followed certain procedures and in particular no written contract of employment had been issued by him, so he created the documents and forged her signature to avoid paying her £1,750 compensation.

However, the Tribunal found in her favour and awarded her £29,500.

Following investigations by police into the discrepancies, the case was taken to court and he was later jailed for four months for perverting the course of justice.

The moral of this tale is that employers need to ensure that all their employment paperwork is in place BEFORE a problem arises; that that they keep records of documents issued; and that they follow the appropriate procedures. If you need help with any of these aspects, please contact Cherington HR.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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