Just cause can be justified

Summary dismissals viable, just do the homework
By Stuart Rudner
|Canadian HR Reporter|Last Updated: 06/15/2009

Many summary dismissals are undertaken in the heat of the moment, without a proper investigation or thorough consideration of the strengths and weaknesses of the case for summary dismissal and all of the options available to the employer. The unfortunate result is mistakes are often made that leave the employer exposed to potential liability.

The importance of investigation

While the due process of a criminal investigation is not required in the context of a dismissal for cause, an employer must show it investigated allegations of misconduct reasonably and properly before it proceeded with the dismissal. Sometimes an investigation will reveal there was a misunderstanding or a wrong conclusion in thinking an employee engaged in misconduct.