Dismissal for a statutory reason
There are many reasons why an employer may have to dismiss you if there is intervention from a statutory body. The most common is the loss of a driving licence where driving is an integral part of your work. If you wok in a licensed business, perhaps as a security officer, and you lose that licence your boss may also need to dismiss you. There could also be an issue if you no longer have the right to work, or even remain, in the UK.
However, even in cases where there has been a dismissal for a statutory reason the employer must make every attempt to solve the problem without resorting to the ultimate sanction of dismissal. Whether or not you dismissal for a statutory reason is fair or unfair will depend on all of the circumstances, in the case of the loss of a licence it may depend on whether the loss is temporary or permanent. In some cases it may depend on how much time you spent on the tasks that required licensing and in all cases your employer should look for an alternative rather than dismissal.
Call Alpha Law’s employment solicitors to see if there could have been an alternative to dismissal, but remember that in most cases to have any claim at all you need to make the complaint within three months of being dismissed. It is only in very exceptional circumstances that an employment tribunal will hear you case beyond that time limit.
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