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Employment Law for Businesses

Dismissal

The vast majority of business owners will one day find themselves in the position of having to dismiss an employee.

Dismissal is never easy. But you need to make sure the process is done fairly and in line with employment law. If not, your former employee may be able to claim unfair dismissal.

Our specialist employment law team can provide the legal support you need, guiding you through the dismissals process carefully and reliably.

When is dismissal fair?

If an employee has worked for you for two years or more, they are protected by the Employment Rights Act 1996. This means they can only be dismissed for the following reasons:

  • Misconduct – general, serious, or gross misconduct. This can involve an incident done outside the workplace.
  • Performance – the employee is unwilling or unable to carry out their job properly.
  • Redundancy – the employee’s role is no longer needed, or the business is closing.
  • Statutory illegality – the employee would be breaking the law by working for you. If a driver lost their licence, for example.
  • Another substantial reason – such as a conflict of interest or a breakdown of trust.

The dismissal process

If you wish to dismiss a member of staff, you must have evidence that you have followed the process below:

  • Investigated the situation
  • Followed the company’s proper dismissal procedure
  • Informed the employ that they may be dismissed and why. And given them the opportunity to respond
  • Held meetings or hearings, and allowed the employee to be accompanied during them
  • Given the employee the chance to appeal the decision.

How we can help

Our skilled and experienced team of employment law experts will help you navigate the dismissals process, ensuring that you are always acting in line with employment law. We can also help you if you are facing a claim for unfair dismissal.

Whatever the situation, it’s vital you have the right information. We can advise you on the lawful dismissal of employees, including dismissing staff of furlough, dismissing staff for poor performance, and dismissing staff on zero-hours contracts.

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Why Ackroyd Legal?

We’re committed to delivering the highest level of service, alongside honest, sensitive, and professional advice. Our job is to make your life easier, at every stage of the dismissal process. We’re ready to help you with any aspect of employment law.

Here are just some of the reasons to choose Ackroyd Legal for your employers’ dismissal requirements:

Employment Law experts

As employment law solicitors, we have a wealth of experience and expertise in a diverse range of issues. We can offer cost-effective, pragmatic advice to secure the best outcome for you.

We put you first

From the moment you get in touch, we put you first. Our skilled and experienced team of legal experts will work hard to find the best solution for you and deliver the best possible outcome.

Fixed fees

When you work with Ackroyd Legal, you pay a single, fixed fee. There’s no hidden costs or unexpected charges. We’ll provide you with a fixed quote before we start work and ensure you understand exactly what you’ll be paying, and what you’ll receive in return.

Communication is key

We listen to your needs, and we keep you in the loop at every stage of the process. When you work with us, you’ll be introduced to your own case handler, who will ensure are kept informed. They’ll always be on hand if you need them.

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