Guidance through dismissals
Employment experts to help you terminate an employment relationship
Unfortunately, sometimes an employment relationship does not pan out the way that you might have originally hoped, and you have come to the difficult decision that the most appropriate course of action is to part ways through the termination of employment.
It is crucial that you understand the options available to you so you can dismiss the employee in the most appropriate way for your business, taking into account both legal and commercial factors.
Dismissals can arise in a number of circumstances
If an employee behaves inappropriately, you may decide that they should no longer stay in your employment. We can advise you on the potential risks of dismissal and the steps you can take to reduce those risks.
If an employee is no longer capable of performing their role the most appropriate choice may be the termination of their employment. However, if an employer fails to follow an appropriate performance management process there could be the risk of an unfair dismissal claim. In addition, if their performance has been impacted by a disability it’s crucial that you take this into account before taking action, otherwise, you run the risk of a disability discrimination claim. We can advise you on the possible risks of any potential claims and help you balance those against the commercial needs of the business to find the best course of action for you.
Sometimes a business needs to decide to reduce staffing levels. Unfortunately, failure to follow the appropriate process when dismissing an employee, or several employees, for the reason of redundancy, can be costly. We can help you understand the redundancy consultation process and how it can be implemented in the most appropriate way for your business.
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