Layoffs: a guide for small businesses

The COVID-19 lockdown has negatively affected many UK businesses, but SMEs are particularly vulnerable. Business owners are being forced to review spending. This may result in the consideration of cost reduction methods, such as opting for employee layoffs. What does… Read on

Are redundancy payments taxable?

If employees are facing redundancy, or considering voluntary redundancy, they need to know exactly how much money they will receive within their redundancy payments. Unfortunately, the answer is not straightforward. Some parts of a redundancy payment will be tax free,… Read on

Maternity leave and redundancy

It is possible for a business to make an employee on maternity leave redundant, but there are several protocols which must be followed. Grounds for redundancy When the economy is struggling, redundancies can and will occur. It may seem easier… Read on

How much notice should you give for redundancy?

To make staff redundant, there is a process that must be adhered to. A part of this is ensuring affected employees are given proper notice. In addition to a specific notice period, those workers provisionally selected for redundancy are also… Read on

Collective redundancy process

The rules for collective redundancy (making more than 20 people at a single unit of your business redundant within 90 days of each other) differ to those for 20 or fewer employees. Even if the number affected is not quite… Read on

Making an employee redundant

Making an employee redundant is never pleasant, but it is essential that employers follow the correct procedure for doing so. Merely complying with basic statutory employment law is not enough. The guidance below is relevant if you plan to make… Read on

Are there correct selection criteria for redundancy?

When an employer is faced with a situation in which redundancies are inevitable, they need to consider and carefully agree the redundancy selection criteria they are going to apply. What amounts to ‘fair criteria’ will depend on the circumstances and… Read on

Furlough: advice for employers and employees

The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme is a state-backed initiative which has been introduced in order to save jobs affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Under the scheme employers will be able to apply for 80% of the wages of employees on… Read on

Redundancy advice for employees

Read our redundancy advice fact sheet for all the employment law basics relating to redundancy, brought up to date for the Covid-19 pandemic. We provide accurate information, and debunk the technicalities in plain English. Am I redundant? Legally, you can Read on

Who pays redundancy when employer cannot?

Being made redundant is never easy. However, in most cases, if you’ve worked for your employer for at least two years, when you are made redundant, you’ll receive redundancy pay. But by the very nature of redundancy, if your employer… Read on

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