Online Course

Termination of Employment

Human Resources , Legal

Course Duration:

1hr 15min

Course Overview

This course will enable you to:

  • identify circumstances in which an employer might consider terminating an employee's employment;
  • develop an understanding of the options that are open to an employer in effecting a termination of employment;
  • examine the legal risks involved in the termination of an employee's employment; and
  • identify the way in which the legal risks of terminating an employee's employment may be managed.


This course is suitable for Human Resources professionals (at all levels), In-house Counsel, Risk and Compliance professionals and front line managers.

Approximate Completion Time

1 hour and 15 mins

Course Content



This component sets out an overview of the key learning objectives and the course content. It also provides links to other materials which provide further context for the course content.

Module 2

When might an employer consider terminating an employee’s employment?

This component identifies the various situations in which an employer may consider terminating an employee’s employment including:

  • misconduct;
  • unsatisfactory performance;
  • redundancy; and
  • illness or injury.
Module 3

What are the legal risks in terminating an employee’s employment?

This component considers the legal risks associated with termination of employment, including:

  • unfair dismissal;
  • general protections claims;
  • breach of contract claims;
  • discrimination claims; and
  • unlawful termination claims.

We also consider the likelihood of legal action.

Module 4

How do I approach terminating an employee’s employment?

This component provides an overview of the ways termination of employment is effected by an employer, including:

  • termination on notice;
  • termination without notice (summary dismissal); and
  • termination by mutual agreement or negotiated separation.

It also explores practical matters that an employer should consider in effecting the termination of an employee’s employment, in order to best protect their business.

Module 5

Resignation: special issues for consideration

In this component we will identify some of the risks and issues that may arise for an employer when an employee resigns from their employment, including:

  • ‘forced’ resignation and its consequences; and
  • retracting resignations.
Module 6

What can I do to manage the risks?

In this component we will identify a number of tips for managing the key risks associated with terminating an employee’s employment.

Course Fees

Completion of the course requires a licence, which is issued upon registration and payment.

A standalone licence for this course is $195.00 including GST.

Discounts are available for organisations purchasing ten or more licences. Please email to request a quote.