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Our 5 Simple Top Tips on Fair Dismissal

Following on from our articles on the five fair reasons for dismissal we thought it would be useful to provide you our five simple top tips:

Follow the process, don’t break the law: Do not leave yourself open to an unfair dismissal claim, even if this is not successful it is time consuming and costly. Get it right first time.

Open and honest communication: Being open and honest with your employee will hopefully avoid or at least reduce conflict in what is undoubtedly a difficult situation.

Document everything: Ensure you document all meetings and keep copies of each letter. Also ask the employee to sign the notes from the investigation, disciplinary and appeal , this will provide confirmation of these discussions and could be used as evidence in tribunal.

Treat your employee with respect: No matter what the reason is for dismissal, maintain your integrity at all times.

Don’t be afraid to ask for help: Do not let the situation get out of control. If you are unsure of the next steps get advice before you make a decision. We are always happy to take your call.

If you would like to receive our free disciplinary checklist for line managers or for more information on this topic please email us at, we can help.

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