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Falsified time sheets justified dismissal

A trainee who deliberately falsified time sheets was not unfairly dismissed, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

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A trainee who deliberately falsified time sheets was not unfairly dismissed, the Fair Work Commission has ruled.

Deputy president Gooley said the alterations were not an "honest mistake" therefore she did not accept that "the punishment did not fit the crime".

Background 


Ms RD was employed by Sunraysia & Murray Group Training on a traineeship in March 2016.

As a trainee she performed work for and at the premises of Regional Building Consultants (RBC).

In September she contacted her employer and advised she was having issues with some of her fellow workers. She also claimed she was not being given enough time during working hours to complete her trainee workbooks. 

Also that month, RBC noted it had been charged for the trainee's time when she had not been at work. It was discovered that time sheets had been altered after they had been signed off by her supervisor. 
 
A meeting was organised with Ms RD to discuss the discrepancies, however she left the meeting before any details of the allegations were put to her. She did not return to work.

At a meeting on November 3 Ms RD was provided with a copy of the relevant time sheets.

She initially said she had worked all the days claimed, however she changed her position when presented with copies of her text messages relating to the absences.

Nonetheless, she claimed it was an "honest mistake".

Dismissal justified


DP Gooley disagreed, saying: "By altering her time sheets after they were signed and by claiming the hours worked when she was ill, Ms RD did not comply with her obligations as an employee.

She was satisfied the alternations to the time sheets had been deliberate.

"Given I have not accepted that this was an honest mistake I do not consider that the summary nature of the dismissal means that the termination was harsh," she said.

The application for an unfair dismissal remedy was dismissed.

CRD v  Sunraysia & Murray Group Training Ltd (U2016/14308)
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