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.

The Seven Deadly Sins of Discipline

16 Nov 2004

The Seven Deadly Sins of Discipline, compiled by employment law specialist Kate Russell, are a sure way to poor staff relations and standards, dismissals backfiring, and even compensation claims totalling tens of thousands of pounds

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Lord Falconer committed to ending compensation culture

11 Nov 2004

A government drive to end the UK’s compensation culture has been welcomed by the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB).In a...

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Doctor wins right to return to job after unfair dismissal in 2002

21 Oct 2004

A doctor who was unfairly sacked six years ago has won the right to go back to work at the...

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Increasing retirement age could lead to legal pitfalls

20 Oct 2004

Raising the retirement age could wrap employers up in costly red tape when it comes to hiring and firing older...

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Delivering leadership skills…

19 Oct 2004

Delivering leadership skills will lead to value for moneyThe debate in Personnel Today about the value of leadership programmes is...

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City firm wins reduction in damages payout to bullied employee

15 Oct 2004

City firm Cantor Fitzgerald International has won a reduction to £900,000 of damages awarded to a former employee who claimed...

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