Requirements for valid notice of dismissal

This is an extract from the Fair Work Commission’s unfair dismisal benchbook which summmarizes the minimum requirements for a valid termination of employment.

“Notification of dismissal
Notification of dismissal should not be made by text message or other electronic communication. Unless there is some genuine apprehension of physical violence or geographical impediment, the message of dismissal should be conveyed face to face. To do otherwise is unnecessarily callous. Even in circumstances where text message or other electronic communications are ordinarily used, the advice of termination of employment is a matter of such significance that basic human dignity requires that dismissal be conveyed personally with arrangements for the presence of a support person and documentary confirmation.”