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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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

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Recent case shows employers must consider disability before dismissing staff

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

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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

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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

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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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