Employers need to exercise particular care when contemplating terminating an employee’s employment. Since most employees are protected from Unfair Dismissal, employers will need to ensure that, amongst other things, they have a “potentially fair” reason for terminating the employment, the facts support their decision, appropriate warnings have been given, all necessary procedures have been complied with and the overall decision to dismiss is a reasonable one. Employees must also be given the right of appeal.
Employment Tribunals will look closely at all aspects of the dismissal process and it is all too easy for employers to fall foul of the law on a technicality.
Our advice will guide employers through this potential minefield and minimise the risk of claims being brought against them.