2 Nov, 2023 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

Termination with immediate effect and deadline for action

2 Nov, 2023 by Marianne Favre Moreillon

When an employer has just cause for immediate termination, such as theft or sexual harassment, he or she must act quickly. Delaying action can have serious consequences.

In the context of an employment relationship, certain situations can destroy the bond of trust between employer and employee. In the event of a particularly serious breach, the employer can immediately terminate the employment contract for just cause.

Given the seriousness of the act, the employer cannot delay in taking immediate action to terminate the contract, at the risk of suffering serious consequences. The employer has a very short period in which to act.

Exceptionally, in certain cases, the time limit may be extended. However, these are very specific and limited circumstances in which it is justified for the employer to benefit from additional days before pronouncing termination with immediate effect.

This article covers the following topics:

  • Termination with immediate effect
  • Just cause for dismissal
  • Breach of trust
  • Notification of immediate dismissal
  • Time limit for immediate dismissal
  • Late notice late 
  • Possibility of extending the cooling-off period
  • Investigation required
  • Immediate dismissal of an employee on vacation

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