If an employee is dismissed, the reason for their dismissal must fall into one of the potentially fair reasons, and this should be given in writing. Dismissal procedures should be made clear in the employee handbook and contract of employment.

If good practice is not followed in a dismissal process, an employer runs the risk of being taken to an employment tribunal. In the event of a dismissal situation arising, it is strongly advised that professional advice is sought by the employer to avoid falling foul of the law.

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