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Workplace Counselling: Termination and Separation of Employment

Workplace Counselling - Workplace Termination and Separation of Employment By Katherine Foster

Employment termination and separation can be a complex and confronting area.  Perhaps you are contemplating terminating your employment; maybe you have been dismissed or made redundant.  Either way, we dare say this is a difficult time for you.

So let’s start with the basics: the differences between

Termination (resignation), Dismissal and Redundancy.

Termination (Resignation)Is your decision to quit your current position and formally hand in your notice (either verbally or in writing – writing is best practice).
DismissalIs is when the company you are working for decides to terminate your services; The key aspect of dismissal is that the position will remain open for new applicants to apply.

Is when the company you are currently working for decides to terminate the position, department or company?  That is, the key aspect of redundancy is that the position will: –

1)        Not be re-advertised ever; or

2)        Not be re-advertised within six months of the termination date; otherwise, the previous incumbent (you) will have the right to re-apply or hold the advertised position.

Most organisations get around this by changing the job description significantly. Thus, certain functions may stay the same, but the core responsibilities differ.

In closing, whatever your circumstances it is best to keep in mind that both you and your employer have certain obligations to each other concerning termination and separation including (but not limited to) required notice and termination payments.

Stay Tuned   For more information on Workplace Termination and Separation.

Katherine Foster - Blu Ripples Founder; Professional Member CDAA, Member of ACA and Published Author

ABOUT THE AUTHOR (2010 Version)

Katherine is the Founder of Blu Ripples, a Counselling practice in Sydney, NSW.

Initially commencing in 2003 as HR Aspects (Career Consulting Practice), Katherine rebranded her business to Blu Ripples in 2009 to incorporate Personal, Career and Workplace Counselling Services into her practice.

Katherine is a nationally registered Counsellor and a current Member of the Australian Counselling Association. 

Before commencing her private practice in 2003, Katherine predominantly worked in Human Resources and Administration.

© 2010 - Katherine Foster T/as Blu Ripples
Updated Version: 19 Oct 2023; Originally Posted 22 Sep 2010
Katherine's Photograph: 2023

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