The new limits, which apply to dismissals occurring on or after the 1st February 2006, are as follows:
- The maximum of a “weeks pay”, for the purpose of calculating statutory redundancy payments, the basic award for unfair dismissals, rises from £280.00 to £290.00.
- The maximum compensatory award for unfair dismissal cases rise from £56,800 to £58,400.
- The minimum basic award that applies, where the reason for dismissal is trade union membership or activities; carrying out duties as a health and safety representative or a trustee of an occupational pension scheme, or performing functions or activities as an employee representative rises from £3,800 to £4,000.
If you would like further advice on dismissing fairly, telephone Suzanne Brookes on 01271 324 273 or contact her by email at firstname.lastname@example.org for further advice. A single telephone call is often all that is required to ensure that the risks associated with dismissal are avoided.