Unfair Dismissal

In UK Law, Unfair Dismissal is terminating employment without a good reason, in this video we explain what criteria an employee needs to be able to claim for Unfair Dismissal.

Video Transcript

Hello and welcome to Legal Minute, this time I’ll be giving a very brief overview of who can make a claim for Unfair Dismissal.

There are three main criteria that needs to be fulfilled before you can claim for Unfair Dismissal.

Firstly, you need to be an employee – so if you work on a self-employed basis or have a casual contract then I’m afraid you don’t have protection from Unfair Dismissal.

Secondly, you need to have at least two years continuous service with that employer, if there are any gaps in the employment they need to be no longer than one week. There are certain exception in employment law to this rule, which means that you don’t have to have the two years continuous service – it’s quite a long list, a few examples I will note are – being dismissed for involvement in a Trade Union, being dismissed for Health and Safety reasons, or being dismissed because of whistleblowing.

Thirdly, you need to work in the UK. There are certain exceptions to this to people who work abroad for UK companies, however, you need to prove strong links to the UK and UK employment laws to be able to make a claim.

So if you need any more information on this then please go to our website, thank you very much for watching, I’m Nicola Williams, and this has been your Legal Minute.

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