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How do I deal with being at risk of redundancy?
How do I deal with being at risk of redundancy? No matter the reason, redundancy can be a difficult situation to deal with. If you find yourself being at risk of redundancy, there are a few things you… Read on
What does redundancy mean ?
What does redundancy mean? Redundancy essentially means your employer is saying it no longer has the need to employ someone/people in particular roles. It is a form of dismissal without fault and usually is a situation where an… Read on
Avoiding claims when making redundancies
As businesses are being forced to make tough decisions in the wake of the pandemic, redundancy will be the only option for some. With circumstances already difficult, avoiding employment law claims for failing to follow the proper redundancy procedure is… Read on
Rising redundancies will lead to more settlement agreements
As the ongoing financial impact of Covid-19 takes its toll, businesses are being forced to make redundancies. Those being let go are often offered a settlement agreement, a legal agreement between employer and employee. Settlement agreements provide a payment in… Read on
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
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
What to expect on a collective redundancy consultation
Employers who are proposing large scale redundancies have to first go through a process of collective consultation. This is a strict legal requirement; where an employer gets this wrong, employees may bring claims for compensation in the employment tribunal. If… Read on