Dismissing an Employee

Dismissing an Employee

If you are thinking about dismissing an employee, we recommend you obtain advice before you do it.

Some key issues to consider are:

  • why are you wanting to dismiss an employee – what is the reason?
  • is that reason supported by documentation – has an employment or policy been breached, have previous warnings been given, have you taken the employee through a show cause process, is the reason stated in a dismissal letter?
  • are there any other reasons?
  • is dismissal reasonable in the circumstances – would it be unfair or unlawful?
  • are you following a fair process?
  • do you know what you will have to pay on termination?

If you have dismissed an employee and been served with a claim, you should respond to it.

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