Dismissal

A dismissal is the termination of an individual's employment by the employer. Employees have a right not to be unfairly dismissed from employment.

Before dismissing an employee, employers need to make sure that they have a potentially fair reason. The five potentially fair reasons for dismissal are: capability or qualifications; conduct; redundancy; where continued employment would contravene the law; and “some other substantial reason”.

A dismissal can also be constructive, where an employee resigns in response to his or her employer's breach of contract.


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27 May 2020

Employers are turning their attention to a host of novel HR issues coming over the horizon.

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Police officer banned after stealing breakfasts from staff canteen

22 May 2020

A police officer has been banned from every police force in the UK after he admitted to stealing breakfasts from...

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Tube worker wins £14k after dismissal delays

19 May 2020

A London Underground worker sacked for sexual harassment has been awarded £14,500 for his employer’s failure to conduct a timely...

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Recent case shows employers must consider disability before dismissing staff

13 May 2020

Leeds Teaching hospital case casts fresh light on organisations vulnerability to discriminatory decisions.

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Boots employee banned from taking breaks wins £7k at employment tribunal

27 Apr 2020

Long-term employee with a spinal condition was banned from taking a break and told to learn what 'professionalism' meant.

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Hairdresser wins £20k after being asked to clean up dog excrement

21 Apr 2020

A hairdresser has been awarded £20,000 at an employment tribunal after her boss asked her to pick up excrement in...

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Law firm employee dismissed because she was pregnant awarded £23k

21 Apr 2020

A law firm has been ordered to pay more than £23,000 for pregnancy discrimination after it sacked a pregnant employee...

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Former TalkTalk exec loses equal pay claim

20 Apr 2020

A former TalkTalk manager who claimed she was paid 40% less than male colleagues has lost an equal pay case...

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Virgin Atlantic pilot’s unfair dismissal claim reinstated

6 Apr 2020

A Virgin Atlantic pilot rumoured to have slept during a flight is claiming unfair dismissal against his employer after failing flight simulation tests.

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Employment lawyer Helen Farr explores the ins and outs of the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme.

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You’re fired? Why the right contract is key when dismissing apprentices

3 Mar 2020

Organisations might find themselves in hot water if they wish to dismiss an apprentice. How can this be avoided?

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Downfall of BP worker averted after appeal victory

2 Mar 2020

Australian BP employee wins on appeal after mocking pay negotiations with well known Hitler meme from the film Downfall.

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Atmosphere in Whitehall is ‘poisonous’, unions claim

25 Feb 2020

Boris Johnson’s government has been accused of drawing up plans to oust senior civil servants, which unions have described as...

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Secretary who resigned because of discrimination was constructively dismissed

18 Feb 2020

A secretary who resigned because she was asked to be complicit in discriminatory recruitment practices was constructively and unfairly dismissed,...

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