Redundancy | How to do it properly

making someone redundant

COVID-19 advice Looking for practical advice on making redundancies during the coronavirus pandemic and other common employment scenarios? Visit our free Coronavirus Advice Hub for answers. Take me to the Hub Handling redundancies is usually an extremely daunting task for employers. However, sometimes, it is a necessary business decision. With employers now contemplating their post-COVID-19 […]

Redundancy | How to do it properly

making someone redundant

COVID-19 advice Looking for practical advice on making redundancies during the coronavirus pandemic and other common employment scenarios? Visit our free Coronavirus Advice Hub for answers. Take me to the Hub Handling redundancies is usually an extremely daunting task for employers. However, sometimes, it is a necessary business decision. With employers now contemplating their post-COVID-19 […]

NON-DISCLOSURE AGREEMENTS | Government cracks down

non disclosure agreements

Following the recent controversy surrounding Non-Disclosure Agreements (NDAs), the government has announced new measures to stop ‘gagging orders’ from silencing workers. What is a Non-Disclosure Agreement? A Non-Disclosure Agreement, also known as a confidentiality agreement (CA), confidential disclosure agreement (CDA), proprietary information agreement (PIA) or secrecy agreement (SA), is a legal contract between two or more parties that outlines certain information, material or […]

RETAILER’S GUIDE | Handling redundancies

With the current challenges facing retailers, it is expected that employers may continue to reduce their headcounts. Carrying out redundancies is never a pleasant task, but given the existing climate, it may be inevitable. Redundancies should be handled with care and legal advice should be obtained to minimise the risk of unfair dismissal claims. Our […]

Fair selection during redundancy

One important part of carrying a fair redundancy procedure is the selection process.  The past practice of ‘last in, last out’ should not be used for redundancy for two main reasons. Firstly, it will likely amount to age discrimination as older workers are more likely to have longer service and secondly, it does not necessarily […]

Call the experts in!

A recent Employment Tribunal case shows the risks of carrying out redundancies without the required knowledge and experience.  In Cassidy v Quest Vitamins Ltd, the claimant was dismissed on the basis of redundancy. She claimed that the redundancy process was unfair, stating amongst other things that the decision to dismiss her had been made before […]

Postpone collective consultation at your risk!

It’s an unfortunate fact of life that charities undergo organisational changes. This is often due to failing to get renewed funding, tighter budgets or the expiry of a grant or contract, which can lead to a redundancy situation. Redundancy situations are never a pleasant experience, but if your charity does not follow the correct procedure, […]

Helping businesses understand redundancy pay

Redundancy is sometimes a necessary evil and unfortunately, it comes with a cost for employers. There are a number of things to think about when carrying out redundancies, including warning employees of redundancies, creating and applying fair and non-discriminatory scoring criteria and thinking through suitable alternative options. In cases of large scale redundancies, you also […]

Lay offs and short-time working

lay offs and short time working

Unfortunately there may be times when you do not have enough work for your employees to do. The first word that probably springs to mind is redundancy. But it may be just a temporary dip, therefore the best option may be to lay them off or put them on short-time working. Lay offs It will […]

Change management and employment law

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Change can be scary and unsettling.   Some employees may openly accept change, thinking about how it can positively affect their role and work. Others may mistrust something new, but grudgingly accept it. And there may also be the odd one or two that flat out refuse it, which means employers need to find ways […]