We understand that whilst no-one wants to make anyone redundant, it is sometimes an unavoidable part of managing your business, especially through difficult financial times.
Employers must take care to follow a proper and fair redundancy procedure. Providing that the employer can show that they have acted in a fair and reasonable manner, they will usually be able to rebut any claims being made by disgruntled employees.
We are able to advise throughout a redundancy process to ensure that such a process complies with employment legislation. A failure to follow a proper process can leave an employer facing unwanted and potentially costly claims against them, claims which could have been avoided if a proper procedure had been followed in the first place.
Collective redundancies are where an employer proposes to make large scale redundancies of 20 or more employees within a period of 90 days or less. Whilst procedurally, some aspects of a standard redundancy exercise are the same, there are further requirements for the employer to consider; in order to comply with the relevant legislation, an employer must consult on its proposal with representatives of the affected employees and also notify the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS).
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