Termination of employment: best-practice guide — Australia

The decision to dismiss an employee is an area of the employment relationship that requires an understanding of a wide range of legislative and other obligations of an employer. The decision is also a significant one in terms of the effect on the employee and the business. Not surprisingly, a significant amount of resources, time and effort needs to be devoted to the associated decisions and processes. Knowing the legal risks and obligations involved is essential.

Unfair dismissal laws, which are set out in the Fair Work Act 2009 (Cth), apply to a large number of Australian employees and generally give those employees the broadest protection from having their employment terminated. Therefore, a good starting point is to consider whether or not an employee is covered by unfair dismissal laws. Unfair dismissal laws apply to a large number of Australian employees and generally give those employees the broadest protection from having their employment terminated…

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