How to act as an employer if you wish to dismiss an employee summarily

In the case of a summary dismissal, an employer dismisses an employee with immediate effect and without notice. The employee shall in that case leave the workplace immediately and is no longer entitled to receive pay from the employer.

As an employer, you must be careful about dismissing an employee summarily. A summary dismissal requires that the employee is e.g. in fundamental or persistent breach of the employment relationship. Sometimes, a summary dismissal requires a previous warning to the employee.


An employee’s embezzlement, theft from the workplace, being under the influence of alcohol during working hours, or failure to show up for work are all examples of behaviour that may justify a summary dismissal.


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