David Beckham has just been handed a driving ban and a fine for his antics behind the wheel.  What happens if you have an employee who has received the same penalty?

The first question is whether they drive for a living?  If not, its unlikely to make much of a difference.  As long as they can get to and from work in a timely fashion.  

If however they do drive for a living, consider the penalty given.  If there is a ban?  How long is this for?  Can they perform another role whilst this is in force?  If not or if it's a lengthy ban, there could be a potentially fair reason to dismiss if the employee could not continue to work in the position held without contravening a duty or restriction imposed by law.

Employers will still need to follow a fair process in any disciplinary situation but dismissal may be a legally fair and a reasonable outcome.