Dismissal of staff

As an employer, you should be aware of employees' rights regarding the termination of their employment.

If you need to dismiss an employee, it must be for valid reasons. A dismissal should not be harsh, unjust or unreasonable. You may need to dismiss an employee immediately, known as a summary dismissal, for theft, fraud, violence, or serious occupational health and safety breaches.

Other dismissals may relate to an employee's conduct, capacity or performance.

You may also need to dismiss an employee because their role has become redundant due to a downturn in business or you no longer need someone to do their job.

You must be aware of the required notice periods and final pay for any employees you dismiss. Learn more about terminating employment.

Small businesses are granted different legal rights for dismissing staff. Find out how the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code may apply to your business.

Last reviewed
May 22, 2014

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