Being clear about reasons for dismissal – less may be more

Posted by: Clare Nicolaou Employment lawyer,  Novalex Solicitors 

A recent case in the Employment Appeal Tribunal serves as a usual reminder that employers need to think carefully when dismissing an employee for a number of incidents.

Each matter will need to be investigated properly and a flaw in one investigation can make the dismissal unfair.

If one of the matters under investigation is sufficiently serious on its own to warrant dismissal it is sometimes better to rely on that one alone, rather than potentially muddying the waters.

However, if dismissal is based on a number of matters, it is usually worth making it clear in the dismissal letter that the employer is satisfied that each incident on its own justifies dismissal, as well as the matters cumulatively.

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