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Recruiting an employee: A step-by-step guide

Recruiting an employee - Myth busting: True or false? Case study one

If things don't work out as planned, and my new employee can't handle the job, I'm stuck with them. And if I sack them, I'll end up in front of an employment tribunal.

No, that isn't the case. The best way to make sure an employee can handle their job is to be clear about the standard and level of performance you expect from them, regularly get and give feedback, and give them any necessary training to do the job.

See How to get the best out of your staff: A step-by-step guide, another online tool in a series.

But if things don't work out, you should use your disciplinary procedure to try to improve their performance.

To find out more, see Managing discipline: Investigation to possible dismissal, another online tool in the series.

But back to the scenario...

If the employee's performance is still under par after going through these processes, you can dismiss them. If the employee makes a claim, a tribunal will want to see that you acted fairly and reasonably in the way you went about dismissing them.

In most cases, employees who started work on or after 6 April 2012 now have to have worked for their employer for two years before they can claim unfair dismissal.

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