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Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

Case law: Failure of employee to pass on information to person responsible for decision to dismiss in disciplinary proceedings can mean dismissal is unfair

Legal Alert March 2020

Employers should ensure that it is made clear to employees involved in a disciplinary procedure that they are to pass on all relevant facts of which they become aware to the person making the decision whether to dismiss or not. Otherwise a dismissal risks being found to be procedurally unfair, following a recent legal ruling.

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Letting People Go: The People-Centered Approach to Firing and Laying Off Employees
Shlosberg, Matt (Business Expert Press, 2011)
Poorly executed terminations may result in challenges ranging from short term annoyances to complete brand destruction. This book covers why terminating employees correctly is important and provides a framework for doing so. Discusses dismissal and redundancy from an organizational rather than legal perspective.

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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

Managing discipline - investigation to possible dismissal: A guide


Acas tool aimed at small firms and line and team managers in larger organisations. The steps cover investigating a discipline issue through to taking action such as issuing an improvement note, giving a written warning or, as a last resort, dismissal. Two real-life example situations and frequently-asked questions are covered.

Dismissing employees


Acas guidance on dismissing employees, including employees’ rights and when a dismissal is classed as fair or unfair.

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Online articles

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Useful links 

Dismissing staff (GOV.UK)
Government advice on types of dismissal as well as and policies and procedures for employers.

Dismissal (CIPD)
A range of resources from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development, including factsheets and employment law FAQs.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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Employment law handbook
(The Law Society, 2017)
This title includes chapters on: termination of employment; unfair and wrongful dismissal; dismissal foe whistleblowing; and redundancy.

New unfair dismissal regime
Small Business Tax and Finance, September 2013, p.33-34
A review of the government's efforts at reforming the unfair dismissal regime, assessing their potential impact on employers and employees.

The complete dismissal package: all you need to know about disciplinary procedures, workplace mediation and tribunal claims
(Indicator FL Memo, 2013)
This book aims to cover every intricate detail of the dismissal process, with practical tips for employers and an appendix of sample documents.

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