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Dismissal

Dismissal is the most drastic disciplinary step the employer can take. Because of this, it requires special care. There should be sufficient cause for the dismissal, and (as a rule) you should only dismiss someone after taking reasonable steps to rehabilitate or salvage the employee. However, there will undoubtedly be times when dismissal is required perhaps at once.

The best way to “handle” a dismissal is to avoid it in the first place. Many dismissals start with bad hiring decisions. Using effective selection practices including assessment tests, reference and background checks, drug testing, and clearly defined job descriptions can reduce the need for many dismissals.


Dismissal means involuntary termination of an employee's employment with the firm.

Webster Dictionary Meaning

1. Dismissal
- Dismission; discharge.
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