Can an employer do moral policing on the activities of an employee outside the zone of his employment? Certainly no unless and otherwise such an act brings out a negative impact on the reputation of the employer and maligns his character as a responsible member of the society. It is true that employment, whether self-employment or for hire under another, is one of the social identities of an individual.So, any unbecoming conduct of self-indulgence in violation of the rules of compliance any where and any time has to be decried. That's why government employees are declared to be 24-hour Govt servants and detention in custody beyond certain no. of hours for whatsoever reason warrants immediate suspension from duties. How ever, in the case of private sector employees, any act of misbehaviour or violation of law has to be enumerated as a misconduct in the service rules or regulations applicable to them. Particularly, "Team Leader" would be a post falling in the managerial/ supervisory cadre and as such, he would be covered by the terms of contract of employment. Therefore, I feel that caution has to be exercised in initiating formal and strict disciplinary action against the individual. It is important whether the Police Authority directly reported to the HR Manager about Amitkumar's detention and conviction for drunken driving. Of course hiding the actual reason for his absence may not be correct. Similarly, top performance can not be a substitute for orderly conduct and observance of the laws of the land. Since every thing is on record now, better counsel him and warn him severely this time.
26th June 2016 From India, Salem
Since he was only fined and left free he need not be dealt with in disciplinary manner.
However his behaviour puts company name in bad light and he deserves to be counselled in writing.
He is an offender on earlier occasions also.
Where did he get drunk-company premises or some bar outside??
Overall the company needs to keep a watch on his behavioural issues which impact work.
26th June 2016 From India, Pune
#AnonymousThis matter involves the company image & also the behavior of employee as individual.
As far as company image is concerned no compromise should be made, while he as an individual also does not suit having drunk & create a mess to an extent where he was kept in police custody & then produced before magistrate.
Employee being a team leader, seems to be in senior position, tolerating such incidents may put a bad precedence for other employees.
28th June 2016 From India, Kalyan
28th June 2016 From India, Pune