Dismissing an employee

Dismissing an employee can be complicated particularly if there have been misconduct or performance issues. Make sure you follow the correct procedure and avoid the employment tribunal.

Choose the correct letter for the situation. If an employee does not qualify for unfair dismissal rights a general dismissal letter is usually satisfactory. If they do qualify for unfair dismissal rights then make sure you follow the right procedure before and when dismissing for poor performance or misconduct. If at any time an employee commits an act of gross misconduct, you can consider using a summary dismissal letter to dismiss that employee without notice. Consider using a redundancy dismissal letter dismissing for redundancy after the correct process has been followed. It may sometimes be necessary to use a settlement agreement to avoid litigation between employer and employee.