Is There a Proper Procedure for Dismissing an Employee?

Posted in : First Tuesday Q&A NI on 3 October 2023
Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI
Issues covered: Dismissals, Procedures, Automatic Unfair Dismissal

Under Schedule 1 of the Employment Rights (Northern Ireland) Order 1996 there is a statutory dismissal procedure that employers should abide by whenever seeking to dismiss an employee. The procedure is as follows:

  • The employer must set out in writing an explanation as to why they have decided to take disciplinary action. This should include the employee’s alleged conduct or other circumstances as to why the employer is contemplating dismissing the employee.
  • Next, the employer must arrange a meeting with the employee who has the right to be accompanied by a colleague or a union representative. The meeting is usually chaired by a manager at the company. This is an opportunity for the

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Chris Fullerton
Arthur Cox NI

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