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Your employer must have a valid reason for dismissing you and must supply you with the reason.


The reason can be based on:


  • poor performance
  • misconduct
  • extremely serious misconduct, resulting in 'on-the-spot' termination (also known as summary dismissal).


Take all warnings from your employer seriously. You should be given a written warning – but be careful, it may be the final warning. Your boss doesn't have to give you three warnings.



You may be dismissed without notice, if you have:


  • acted dishonestly
  • refused to follow reasonable direction from your employer, supervisor, or person in charge
  • behaved so badly that instant dismissal is justified (eg fighting).


Termination pay


If you are dismissed your employer should pay you any outstanding entitlements.


Except in special cases, an employee cannot be legally 'stood-down' (sacked) without pay and special termination provisions.


Your termination must include accrued leave and pay for any time already worked.