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Defending an Unfair Dismissal Claim

Joanne Alilovic
Joanne Alilovic
Director 3D HR Legal
1 CPD Point


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Unfair dismissal claims are incredibly common and can have a significant impact on a business. This course provides practical guidance for how to successfully defend an unfair dismissal claim.

Unfair dismissal claims are the most common type of claim brought by an employee against an employer. The overall costs to employers for these claims can be substantial – legal costs, business disruption, and reputational damage – in addition to any compensation order made. This means it is extremely important that any unfair dismissal claim is dealt with quickly and decisively to best protect an employer’s interests and avoid these significant costs.

This course provides practical guidance on how to successfully defend an unfair dismissal claim. It discusses:

  • what unfair dismissal is (and what it is not);
  • managing the legal and procedural aspects of applications;
  • dealing with arguments based on the merits and jurisdiction;
  • navigating conciliation conferences and hearings; and
  • preventative steps which employers should take to avoid unfair dismissal claims.

The course also discusses a number of recent cases to provide practical illustrations of the issues, as well as potential pitfalls to avoid when advising clients.


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Last Updated: March 2024

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Joanne Alilovic
Joanne Alilovic
Director 3D HR Legal

Jo Alilovic is an employment lawyer, business owner at 3D HR Legal, author and podcaster with over 20 years of legal experience.

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  1. 5.0/5
    Great course :)
    Great course for the basics of defending UD claims under the federal employment industrial relations system; practical and easy to follow.
  2. 5.0/5
    Excellent introductory course
    The content was easy to follow and interested to read- it makes me want to study this area in more detail. A well structured course thank you
  3. 5.0/5
    Practical and in-depth understanding
    A practical approach to the subject matter with a good understanding of the non-legal costs which are associated with an employer going to hearing.