Redundancy is a complex area of employment law, where you need careful advice to avoid potential claims against your business.
Employees can only be made redundant in specific circumstances, including if the business:
- makes fundamental changes to the nature of the business (i.e. what the business actually does)
- makes changes to how they operate (for example, introducing new machinery)
- moves location or closes.
In every case, the employer needs to demonstrate that the employee’s job will no longer exist in order for a redundancy to be genuine.
Redundancy cases often occur at the same time as major shifts in your business due to difficult financial circumstances, and can therefore be an emotional process, particularly if you have long term relationships with your employees. Our Employment team can offer practical and effective advice throughout the process. Our support can include reviewing your business situation, advising on whether redundancy proceedings are applicable, drafting consultation documents and finalising settlements.