Are you a business owner facing the difficult decision of employee redundancy? If so, here are five fundamental things to consider:
- You must warn those employees whose jobs are at risk of redundancy.
- You must consult with staff who have been put at risk over the reasons for the redundancies, how they have been selected and any possible ways of avoiding redundancy.
- You should consider whether you have any alternative employment that could be offered.
- There is a special duty of collective consultation with trade unions or employee representatives if you plan to make at least 20 people redundant.
- If you decide to go ahead with the redundancy after consultation, you will need to give each employee notice or a payment in lieu, as well as a redundancy payment if they have been with you for at least two years.