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1. If contract has been terminated then the employee may have a choice of statutory claims or a common law claim

2. Statutory Claims a. Unfair dismissal a.i. Is there a qualifying employee a.i.1. 2 years continuous employment for an employee with a new employer post 6 April 2012 a.i.2. 1 year continuous employment for an employee before 6 April 2012 a.ii. Has the employee been dismissed?
a.ii.1. Constructive dismissal a.ii.1.a. Employee terminates the contract in response to a pre-dated breach by the employer a.ii.1.a.i. A repudiatory breach that goes to the heart of the contract where the essence of the employment has been altered a.ii.2. Actual dismissal a.iii. Burden of proof switches to the employer to prove that the principal reasons for dismissal were 98(4) ERA 1996 a.iii.1. Capability a.iii.1.a.Do the qualifications of employee match the kind of work he was employed to do a.iii.1.b. Employer should normally warn employee about standard or work, give him the change to improve & perhaps offer additional training & supervision a.iii.2. Conduct a.iii.2.a.Employer should carry out a thorough investigation & allow the employee to state his case a.iii.2.a.i. Do not dismiss unless gross misconduct or persistent misconduct a.iii.2.b. Employer follow ACAS code of practice a.iii.3. Redundancy a.iii.3.a.Employer warn & consult affected employees or their representatives & adopt a fair basis of selection for redundancy a.iii.3.a.i. Usually involves employers drawing up a matrix of objective selection criteria & fairly marking each employee against each criterion a.iii.4. Illegality a.iii.4.a.Employee could not continue to work in position he held without contravening some statutory enactment a.iii.5. Substantial reason for justifying dismissal a.iii.5.a.If dismissal for long-term sickness, employer should consult with employee as to likely duration of illness & its nature a.iv. Employer must also show that he acted reasonably in treating that reason as sufficient for dismissing employee having regard to equity and the substantial merits of the case a.iv.1. Follow a fair process a.v. Claim must be brought before employment tribunal by employee within 3 months Compensation Basic Award employee's final gross week's pay (max. PS430) by Length of service (max 20 years) AND Multiplier depending on employee's age during years of service (working backwards from end of employment) Years worked when 41 or older = 1.5

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