Unfair dismissal blamed for 1 in 3 disputes with sta
Unfair dismissal is the main reason employees make a formal claim against their employers, and of these claims, nearly a quarter centre around serious misconduct (12%) or misconduct (12%).
Edward Mallet, Managing Director of Employsure, says, “Disputes between employers and their sta occur when an employee’s conduct is called into question, but they feel wrongly accused. is is a di cult situation, and usually the employer has no o cial guidelines on conduct in place.”
In 2014, 17,806 unfair dismissal claims were lodged by employees with the Fair Work Commission, the highest number of annual claims ever recorded. e gure amounts to 70 claims a day.
“ ere is no doubt this is a major issue for employers,” Mr Mallett says. “Unfair dismissal was brought about to protect employees from unjust employers, however the number of claims has blown out. e actual gure is considerably higher as not all claims are taken to the Commission, some are settled internally by the company concerned. Because it is such a prevalent issue, employers need to ensure they have robust policies in place to be clear and equitable in these matters.”