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Employee Dismissals

Dismissing Staff Members

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

EMPLOYEE DISMISSALS: A dismissal takes place when an employer terminates their employee's contract.

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

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

All dismissal procedures should be fair and consistent. If the system fails, employees have the legal right not to get dismissed unfairly.

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

Disciplinary Action GuideDisciplinary Action

DISCIPLINARIES: There are legal steps and procedures for taking disciplinary action against an employee. Follow these disciplinary rules to deal with staff performance or poor conduct.


Dismissing an Employee GuideDismissing an Employee

STAFF DISMISSALS: Ending your employee's contract means you have dismissed them from your employment. But, even though there are various reasons for dismissing an employee, you must do it fairly.

FAIR DISMISSAL: As a rule, a fair dismissal occurs when employers can show that it is for a valid reason. But, they must act reasonably in treating that reason, or any other substantial reason, to justify the discharge.

UNFAIR DISMISSAL: There are rules to protect employees from having their employment ended 'unfairly'. You may be eligible to claim at an Industrial Tribunal if you were dismissed unfairly.

CONDUCT OR PERFORMANCE: As a rule, employers should treat capability and conduct as two separate issues. That means being able to distinguish between dismissals for conduct or performance reasons.


Disputes in the Workplace GuideDisputes in the Workplace

SOLVING WORK PROBLEMS: There will be times when employers need to solve a workplace dispute. Use this guide to informal discussions and formal procedures for solving disputes at work.


Staff Resignations GuideEmployee Resignations

WHEN STAFF RESIGN: Employers need to know the proper procedures for handling employee resignations. That may also include conducting an exit interview when a staff member quits work.


Handling of Employee Grievance Procedures GuideHandling Employee Grievances

GRIEVANCE PROCEDURES: Part of employee management is handling grievances at work with fairness. It also includes knowing how to set up a grievance procedure and hold a grievance hearing.


Whistleblowing at Work GuideWhistleblowing at Work

WHISTLEBLOWERS: What is a whistleblower and what are the procedures of whistleblowing for employees? This guide has all you need to know about blowing the whistle on workplace wrongdoing.


Dismissing Staff Members Overview: Employee Dismissal Procedures
Last Updated 2018