Redundancies and collective consultation
Redundancy situations will generally occur for one of three reasons:
- Complete cessation of your business
- The shutting down of a place of work
- Reduction in the number of employees needed to do a particular job
In a redundancy situation you are obliged to consult your employees. In the case of large scale redundancies of 20 or more to be made within 90 days, you may also be required to collectively consult with employee representatives and to notify the government of redundancies.
Employment tribunal claims, such as unfair dismissal or discrimination may arise where redundancy is not the real reason for dismissal, there has been no genuine consultation, or the employee feels they have been unfairly selected for redundancy.
We can advise you on all aspects of redundancy, including the consultation process, redundancy selection and the calculation of the correct statutory redundancy payments.
We appreciate that redundancies are often a last resort and can assist you in considering alternatives such as short time working, temporary lay-offs, staff re-organisations or pay reductions.