Breach of company policy condoned by manager?

How is discipline affected if manager allowed misconduct to happen?
By Colin Gibson
|Canadian Employment Law Today|Last Updated: 12/22/2015

Question: If an employee’s violation of an important company policy – that all employees must sign a promise to comply with — is allowed by the employee’s manager, can the company discipline the employee once it finds out about the violation?

Answer: Employers generally have the right to determine how their businesses should be managed. This right includes the ability to implement workplace rules and policies. To be enforceable, however, a company policy must be reasonable, clear, communicated to the affected employees, and not inconsistent with any applicable collective agreement or contractual requirements.