A critical analysis on the law of summary dismissal and the remedies available to an aggrieved employee in the contract of employment in Uganda

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Kampala International University; School of Law
The aim of this research is to conceptualize summary dismissal and investigate the remedies available to an aggrieved employee in termination of employment contract the form a contract of employment may be written or oral. However, for purposes of certainty and prove, it is advisable that these contracts be written. Summary dismissal issues are common in today's chaotic labour industry with many ending in courts which could be as a result of inadequate knowledge about the law and procedure of termination of employment contracts or deliberate acts of decision makers like Human Resource Managers, Managers, Managing Directors, etc. This research finds out grounds for summary dismissal of an employee and the procedure there after as already stated aggrieved employees who reasonably believe that their summary dismissal was inconsistent with the labour legal regime of Uganda have right of recourse in the competent forum established under the labour laws including the industrial court and a fair compensation may be awarded if success is registered by the complainant. Summarily dismissal is a good tool for employer in maintaining his or her right to terminate grossly errant employees but could turn unlawful if fundamental rules like fair hearing to the employee are breached in the process. This research reports findings, conclusions and make possible recommendations in the harmonization of labour relations.
A research dissertation submitted to the School of Law in partial fulfillment of requirements for the Award of Bachelor's Degree in Laws of Kampala International University.
Law of summary dismissal, Aggrieved employee, Contract of employment, Uganda