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We have an employee who has been with us 4 months. We were

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We have an employee who has been with us 4 months. We were going to dismiss them this afternoon however he went off sick this morning and has been signed off with back problems for 3 weeks. Can we dismiss by letter even if they are off sick?
Hello, my name is***** am a solicitor on this site and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. What is the reason for sickness?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Bad back which he needs to apparently rest
What is the reason for dismissal?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
We do t feel they are a good fit for the company.
Hello, the fact that they are off sick would not prevent you from dismissing them in the meantime. As they have less than 2 years service they are not protected against unfair dismissal so you would not be expected to conduct a fair procedure. As long as they are not classified as being disabled (unlikely if the condition is something that lasts less than a year and not serious) and your reasons for dismissal are not linked to it, you would not be expected to take their absence into account and can simply issue them with notice of dismissal, paying them whatever they were due under contract for notice period. You also have to pay them for accrued holidays and any pay up to date of dismissal.
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