The UK Rules
Dismissing Staff

Dismissals and Disciplinaries

Dismissing an employee should be the last resort. Employers should establish facts without 'unreasonable' delay before making a staff dismissal.

DISMISSING STAFF: A dismissal takes place if an employer terminates one of their employee's contract.

As a rule, formal disciplinary action becomes necessary when all informal methods have failed to resolve a problem.

In the same way, employers should consider a dismissal as being the final course of action.

Dismissal procedures should be fair and consistent. But, even if the system fails, employees have the legal right not to get dismissed 'unfairly'.

This section explains the principles for handling workplace dismissals and disciplinary situations at work. The steps cover the correct procedures up to and including employee dismissals.

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Dismissals and Disciplinary Procedures in the United Kingdom