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Employment law myths: dismissal

Martha Arnold of Osborne Clarke concludes a series of articles on employment law myths with a look at some myths around dismissal. These include a myth around gross misconduct dismissals. 

Myth: If employees do not turn up for work for a period, they have "dismissed themselves". 

When an employee fails to turn up for work, particularly where he or she does so repeatedly or over a prolonged period, the employer may think that this justifies it treating the employee as dismissed by his or her own actions. Many employers believe that the contract simply comes to an end because the employee has not come to work or made contact.