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Unfair dismissal is when an employee is dismissed from their job in a harsh, unjust or unreasonable manner. It can also be defined as being inconsistent with the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code, or a disingenuous redundancy.

But what is a genuine redundancy? And what makes up the Small Business Fair Dismissal Code?

As part of its educational series on employment liabilities, VMIA’s Online Learning Centre offers a learning module on unfair dismissal. It helps employers and employees understand the factors which could contribute to a claim, and also offer guidance to avoid a claim.

Effective communication between employer and employee is vital when considering any form of dismissal. The module provides an overview of the law relating to unfair dismissal and how this works in practice. Key elements include:

  • The criteria which applies for employees to make a claim
  • When a dismissal is deemed ‘unfair’
  • What a genuine redundancy looks like
  • The Small Business Fair Dismissal Code
  • Misconduct and managing performance issues.

The course also offers advice and guidance to help employers and employees avoid an unfair dismissal scenario. To learn more about unfair dismissal or other workplace risk issues, simply sign up to the free and user-friendly online learning centre, accessible via VMIA's Online Learning Centre.

Page last updated: 12 December 2016