Terminating or suspending employment

UNISON will advise you and help protect your rights if you face an issue at work which could threaten your job status, health and wellbeing or working environment.


An appraisal is a formal opportunity to analyse your performance at work, which also offers you a chance to talk to your employer about your career plans.

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Dismissal is when your employer acts in a way to bring your employment to an end. You can be dismissed for a number of reasons, such as misconduct, retirement or redundancy. The law provides employers with a set of potentially fair reasons for a dismissal decision.

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The threat of redundancy affects many UNISON members as local and central government departments aim to meet cost-cutting targets by reducing staff.

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To leave your job you need to formally resign. Your resignation should be written and clearly state your notice period and your last day at work. If you resign voluntarily and without a good reason then you cannot claim jobseekers allowance for 26 weeks.

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Suspension is when an employee is sent home from work, usually while receiving full pay. You can be suspended if you are being investigated for misconduct, for health or safety reasons, for example, because you are pregnant.

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