This factsheet aims to provide a basic overview of unfair dismissal.
The main legislation which deals with unfair dismissal is contained within the Employment Rights Act 1996. Unfair Dismissal is a very complex area of employment law.
What is Unfair Dismissal?
Every employee has a statutory right not to be unfairly dismissed.
Unfair dismissal usually occurs where:
- An employer dismisses an employee without a fair and justifiable reason; and/or
- An employer dismisses an employee and fails to follow the correct procedures