Unfair dismissal When is it fair to dismiss employees?

McCarthy, Jennifer
June 2005
Management Services;Summer2005, Vol. 49 Issue 2, p16
Academic Journal
This article addresses some issues around discipline and dismissal of employees in Great Britain in 2005. There are five reasons for which an employer can legitimately dismiss an employee: capability; misconduct; redundancy; illegality of the contract; or some other substantial reason. The last category can only be relied on in very exceptional circumstances and the most common reasons for dismissals fall within the first three categories. Discrimination law has been growing significantly over the past few years. It is unlawful to discriminate against employees on the grounds such as gender and race. Moreover, it is a legal requirement for employers to provide employees with a written statement of the main terms of employment. It is also a legal requirement for all employers to have written disciplinary and grievance procedures in place with a minimum basic procedure to be followed.


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