Unfair dismissal is one of the longest-established areas of employment law, familiar to employers and employees alike. This section begins by setting out who is eligible to claim unfair dismissal, the potentially fair reasons for dismissal and then goes on to look at the legal principles that govern whether a dismissal was fair or unfair. We also cover dismissals that are automatically unfair and constructive dismissal.
Other sections deal in more detail with how unfair dismissal law affects the handling of specific types of cases, such as poor attendance, sickness absence and unsatisfactory performance, discipline and redundancy. Remedies for a successful claim of unfair dismissal are covered in Employment tribunals and remedies.