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In terms of "leaking information to 3rd parties" yes - I haven't. In terms of technically "breaching company policies" probably not - in practice they mean taking paperwork home to work on at home and I have done this (lots of people at work openly do this and it's a common practice amongst my colleagues.) I've already said that I can and will return any paperwork I still have at home.
The funny thing is that this seems to have been, in practice, "fine" for me any my colleagues to do for the whole 7 years I've worked there but suddenly comes up as a disciplinary half-way through my notice-period.
(For when you're back).
I just wanted to be crystal clear for you about the sequence of events:
1. I got the offer of a new job
2. I resigned
3. Current employer accepted my resignation
4. Current employer provided reference to new employer
5. 6-7 weeks later current employer tells me they're starting disciplinary proceedings for "offences" (dated both before and after the date I resigned). A few days later I get their letter and paperwork about it including a date for an initial hearing
6. I 'stress' about this and see my GP. GP signs me off work. (I'm getting quite a few physical symptoms).
That's where I am now.
(As an aside, one of my worries is that my GP signing me off sick could be interpreted in some negative way - like an admission of guilt etc.)
Thanks.This makes me think:
1. Would they be able to say "left pending a disciplinary" given that I resigned and had my resignation accepted (in writing) 4-5 weeks before they decided to start (and tell me about) the disciplinary procedure?
2. They already provided the new employer with a reference *before* announcing the disciplinary - could they write again to my new employer and say "oh, by the way, since we gave you that reference we've started a disciplinary action" or something like that?
3. For the initial hearing, is it better to provide them with a written statement defending against their claims or do it verbally in the meeting?
4. Who can I have at the hearing - is it really only a colleague or union rep? I've seen some solicitor's websites mentioning "exec representatives" for people who aren't able to have a union rep with them?
Thank you. I'm going to get lawyered-up and see what happens!