Re: Time limit on gross misconduct?
There is no legal timeframe other than what is 'reasonable' in the circumstances, and if they investigated and took no formal action at the time, then it would be extremely unreasonable for them to then change their mind now - likewise to leave it so long after the event. Gross Misconduct is an act which goes to the heart of the contract and warrants immediate dismissal, and they could hardly argue that it was OK to keep you for three months and then take action.
Where you do have to be careful is if they decide that the two cases are a cumulative example of negligence, as they then may be able to demonstrate that whilst one case was careless, another misdemeanour on top might now warrant action, but Gross Misconduct? I don't think so.
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