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Step 3: Consider your options
Depending on the severity of the misconduct, you may choose to:
• give the employee a written warning
• dismiss the person with notice or pay in lieu of notice, or
• summarily dismiss the person.
However, you may wish to seek legal advice about the matter before taking any action.
Step 4: Create your letter of termination of employment
If the employee’s action was serious misconduct that warrants summary dismissal, create an
appropriate termination of employment letter. While you do not need to provide the employee with
notice of termination for serious misconduct, it is best practice to provide written confirmation that you
are ending their employment.
Ensure you include in the letter:
• the reasons for the termination of the employment, and
• when the employment will end.
This letter of termination template has been colour coded to assist you to complete it accurately. You
simply need to replace the red < > writing with what applies to your employee and situation.
Explanatory information is shown in blue italics to assist you and should be deleted once you have
finished the letter.
Step 5: Meet with the employee to provide the letter of termination of employment
The reasons for the termination of employment should be explained to the employee verbally and he
or she should be provided with the opportunity to ask questions.
It is important to explain the information in the letter of termination of employment and ensure that the
You should keep a copy of the letter of termination of employment for your records.
Important: An employee may choose to submit a complaint or claim against you (e.g. unfair
dismissal, discrimination) even if you follow these steps.
Letter of Termination of Employment (Summary Dismissal - Serious Misconduct) Template