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An Employment Tribunal can recommend reinstatement of an employee who has been unfairly dismissed; that is, the employee will return to the job that she or he held prior to the dismissal. If an employer refuses to accept reinstatement, the tribunal can award additional financial compensation to the employee. When the law on unfair dismissal was first introduced it was assumed that most employees would be either reinstated or re-engaged. In fact, this is a rare occurrence and in most cases, employees accept compensation rather than return to a workplace where the working relationship has broken down. [See re-engagement.]

Subjects: Human Resource Management.

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