You may deal with the exit of an employee at some stage of running your business. There are different rights, obligations and legislation that come as a result of ending employment.

Watch the Fair Work Ombudsman's Ending employment video to learn more.

Ending employment

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Employment can end for many different reasons. An employee may resign or can be dismissed (fired). However it ends, it’s important to follow the rules about dismissal, notice and final pay.

Resignation


Employees can resign at any time without discussing the decision with you. However, modern awards, enterprise agreements and employment contracts may require a minimum notice period.

If you do not need the employee to work their notice period, you can pay them in lieu of notice and let them leave early.

Learn more about redundancy by watching the Fair Work Ombudsman's video below.

Redundancy


A job becomes redundant when an employer either:

  • doesn’t need an employee’s job to be done by anyone
  • becomes insolvent or bankrupt

Employees may be entitled to redundancy benefits depending on their length of service and the award, agreement or contract they were employed under.

What is redundancy

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Learn about the different reasons redundancy may occur and how to handle them.

Dismissal


If you need to dismiss an employee, you must have a valid reason, such as:

  • poor performance
  • conduct
  • changes to operational requirements   

If you dismiss an employee, you may need to give them notice. Go to the Fair Work Ombudsman website to learn more about:

If you’re thinking about dismissing an employee, you must make sure you’re acting fairly and lawfully. Go to the Fair Work Commission’s website to learn about:

Exit interview

When an employee leaves your business, doing an exit interview with them can be a great way to learn from their experience.

An exit interview is a conversation that helps you find out:

  • why a staff member is leaving your business
  • how you could improve working conditions
  • aspects of the job the employee enjoyed most and lease
  • any relationships that need to be managed better
  • whether your recruitment, selection and training for staff need improving
  • the level of morale in your business

Use Business Victoria’s exit interview template to help you.