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3 Areas to be aware of when dismissing employees

by , 18 November 2015
With many dismissals being reported to the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA), it's only understandable that you'll be very anxious when you need to dismiss an employee. After all, the last thing you want to do is unfairly dismiss her.

Here are 3 areas to be careful of when dismissing employees. If you're not, you could very well end up paying for it at the CCMA.

1. Fixed-term employment contracts

To prevent abusing fixed-term contracts, the Labour Relations Act (LRA) recognises a dismissal whereby the employee could've reasonably expected you to have renewed the contract but instead you offered less-favourable conditions or didn't renew it. Click here to learn more…
 
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2. Dismissals during notice periods

Dismissing an employee during her notice period can be unfair.

Normally, either party can terminate the employment contract on, for instance, 4 weeks' notice to the other party. But the LRA overrides this.
In other words, a dismissal (or termination of the employment contract) here would be unfair if it's not done within a valid reason and according to fair procedure.

3. Dismissing during the probation period

There tends to be a fairly common perception that probationers have fewer rights than a permanent employee. But this isn't the case.

You can only choose to dismiss a probationer after she's presented her reasons why you shouldn't dismiss her. And, on top of that, you'll have to seriously consider what she had to say. Click here to learn more.
 
*Those were 3 areas to be aware of when dismissing employees. Take note of them and avoid making a foolish mistake, resulting in you being sent to the CCMA for an unfair dismissal.

To find out more practical information advice on dismissals, subscribe to the Practical Guide to Human Resources Management today.
 
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