Forcing early retirement unlawful

Was the police force allowed to retire a large number of its officers early to save costs? No, according to an Employment Tribunal in the recent case of Harrod v Midlands Police. Background In order to meet the government’s budget… Read on

Five things you MUST do when making someone redundant

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… Read on

Duty to consult in redundancy cases is significantly extended

The Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) has issued a decision which represents a significant extension of the duty to carry out collective consultation in redundancy cases. Where an employer is considering making 20 or more redundancies, there is a duty to… Read on

New ACAS code of practice on settlement agreements

ACAS is currently consulting on a new Code of Practice designed to give guidance on discussions around the possible termination of an employee’s employment. There are a wide variety of situations where an employer (or an employee) might suggest that… Read on

Redundant team leader? Remember the rest

If you are considering making the senior person in a team redundant, to avoid a finding of unfair dismissal, read on. In a redundancy situation, amongst other things, you must have a proper redundancy situation, and follow the correct procedures,… Read on

What is a settlement agreement?

A settlement agreement is a special type of agreement through which an employee can settle claims against an employer. An employee cannot contract out of their legal rights to bring employment claims to a tribunal unless this is done… Read on

What is collective consultation?

Collective Consultation is a process under which employers have to consult staff representatives as opposed to consulting with them individually. However, staff may need to be consulted individually as well, depending on the circumstances. Consultation is important in a wide… Read on

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