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My daughter is a key holder at the shop where she works. She put the keys in a safe place at home before she went on holiday – so safe unfortunately that now she can’t find them. Could she be sacked for losing the keys, or be made to pay for replacement keys and locks? Her contract doesn’t mention anything like this.

If your daughter were to be sacked she would probably have a good chance of winning an unfair dismissal claim at an employment tribunal. They won’t be able to deduct money from her pay packet unless there’s something in her contract which allows them to do so. She should report the loss however if there’s a chance the keys might fall into the wrong hands, since failure to do so could be regarded as “gross misconduct”, and she could be justifiably sacked for that.

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