If you have to dismiss an employee, you need to ensure you have a valid reason. A dismissal may be deemed unfair if it is harsh, unjust or unreasonable, or not due to a genuine redundancy.
Unfair dismissal can result in penalties, such as prosecution, and can be damaging for your business.
If an employee's performance has been unsatisfactory, you should warn them and give them an opportunity to respond before dismissing them. If dismissal becomes necessary, notify the employee of the dismissal date.
Learn more about unfair dismissal, including what an employee should do if they believe they have been unfairly dismissed.
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: 17 Jul 2017
- Last updated: 24 Jun 2016