Being made redundant at work can cause a wide variety of issues, but there are certain procedures your employer must follow. In the latest blog post by Broadbents Solicitors, we discuss the redundancy procedure and the steps that must be taken if you are being made redundant.
What is Redundancy?
Redundancy is a form of dismissal which occurs when an employees job no longer exists, i.e if an employer is reducing the size of their workforce or no longer needs the services provided by a particular individual or group of employees.
It is important to note that redundancy can either be compulsory or voluntary and no employees can be unfairly selected for redundancy.
The Redundancy Procedure
Before redundancy can take place, an employer has the duty to inform all employees that it will be necessary, if there are any alternatives to redundancy and what they may be. An employer can speak to their employees collectively or individually to inform them. However, collective consultation is required when 20 or more employees will be made redundant.
The time frames of consultation will vary, depending on how many employees will be dismissed within a 90 day period.
If between 20 and 99 employees are to be made redundant, a consultation must take place 30 days before the first dismissal.
If 100 or more employers are to made redundant within a 90 day period, a consultation must take place 45 days before the first dismissal takes place.
What Must Information be Disclosed by Employers?
There are certain pieces of information that must be disclosed by employers in writing, these are:
Reasons for the proposed redundancies
How many employees are affected
How the affected employees have been selected
How the dismissal will be carried out and over what time period
How redundancy payments will be carried out
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