An employee that has been working for me for six months has now requested a contract of employment. I want to dismiss him. What is the procedure?

The Employment Rights Act 1996 provides guidance that states, where an employee begins employment with an employer, the employer will provide the employee with a written statement of employment  particulars, within eight weeks of the date of they start employment.  If the employee was dismissed for requesting his employment contract, the dismissal would be deemed unfair and the employee may decide to pursue a claim at an Employment Tribunal.  In addition to the standard compensation they would receive, an additional 4-8 weeks compensation would be granted for failure of not issuing the contract within the specified eight week timescale.  Therefore, you would not be able to fairly dismiss an employee for making this request.