Lawful and Reasonable Instruction
Lawful and Reasonable Instruction
This guide outlines disobedience and insubordination and gives advice on how to manage both situations.
The concept of lawful and reasonable instructions relates to an employer’s right to require an
employee to carry out the terms of their employment. Instructions must be within the scope of an
employee’s contractual obligations under their employment agreement, and the instructions cannot
require the employee to do anything contrary to law or demand the performance of an impossible
or dangerous task. Instructions must also be given in good faith. Depending upon the particular
circumstances, a failure to follow an instruction could be described as disobedience, indirect
disobedience or insubordination.

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