Dismissals with and without notice - Dismissals

Dismissals with and without notice

When an employer dismisses an employee, they should give them notice of when their job will end.

Find out more about notice periods

Notice pay

In most cases, the person who's been dismissed is entitled to the same pay they'd normally get if they work their notice period.

The employee's final pay may be different from their usual monthly or weekly pay because of things like:

  • how much holiday they've taken
  • money being deducted for training courses
  • being off work

They may need to get paid other outstanding money, for example bonuses or pay for working overtime.

Find out more about final pay when someone leaves a job

Dismissal without notice for gross misconduct

An employer can dismiss an employee without giving notice if it's because of gross misconduct (when an employee has done something that's very serious or has very serious effects). The employer must have followed a fair procedure.

When an employee is dismissed for gross misconduct, they:

  • leave immediately
  • do not have a notice period
  • do not get paid notice pay

There are some things the employer must still pay them for. These include:

  • any work they have not been paid for yet
  • any holiday they have built up ('accrued') but not used by the date they leave
  • any expenses they're owed

The employer may also need to pay them for other work benefits, unless their contract says something different.

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