Need help managing a Redundancy issue? Stacks helps you understand your legal obligations when making an employee redundant and helps you protect your business from any potential unfair dismissal claims.
Redundancy is occasionally an unavoidable reality in the world of business. Economic conditions can change, technologies can improve and industries can see growth or decline depending on a number of different factors. This means that particular positions of employment in your business may no longer serve a purpose.
Redundancy is when a business decides that an employee’s position is no longer required. You can only declare an employee’s position redundant if the job will no longer be performed by anyone in the future. In other words, if you desire to be rid of a certain employee and intend to employ someone else to perform their role in the future, making them redundant is illegal. The employee could make an unfair dismissal claim against you in this event.
A Stacks employment law specialist can help you to understand your legal obligations when making an employee redundant. We can provide advice about protecting your business against unfair dismissal claims and act for you in any legal proceedings that may arise in relation to redundancy matters.
Issues to consider when making an employee redundant
The way your business handles the redundancy process is very important. You have an obligation to employees to follow certain procedures and you want to safeguard your business against possible unfair dismissal claims.
- Can you provide proof that your actions in making the employee redundant are justified? For example, this might involve proving that business has taken a downturn resulting in the need to cut costs and get rid of certain positions.
- Have you met all of your obligations to the redundant employee such as providing them with reasonable notice, redundancy pay and leave entitlements?
- Are there counselling or job seeking opportunities available to the redundant employee?
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