Category: Employment Law

When can an employer legally dismiss an employee?

An employer can legally end an employee’s contract, known as ‘fair dismissal’ for a number of reasons. However, it is important employers behave appropriately during the dismissal process, follow the correct legal procedures and always have appropriate disciplinary and grievance procedures in place, to avoid unfair dismissal claims. In this blog, we share when a dismissal is deemed fair, what employers need to do and the legal rights of employees. 

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Pimlico Plumbers Case

The Supreme Court recently reached a decision in the long-running saga of the Pimlico Plumbers case. The judgment, which dismissed an appeal from Pimlico Plumbers Ltd and held that the Respondent Gary Smith was indeed a “worker”, has been held up as a significant blow to “gig economy” companies (such as Uber and Deliveroo) who purport to be a platform for self-employed contractors rather than employers.

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