Un­fair dis­missal blamed for 1 in 3 dis­putes with staœ

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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.”

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