Sean Carty considers what to look out for when embarking on a redundancy exercise.
Redundancy situations arise in businesses when an employer dismisses someone due to a business closure, workplace closure or a reduced requirement for employees. Effectively the job an employee does must disappear.
In adopting a redundancy procedure an employer must act in a fair and reasonable manner by implementing an objective and fair selection procedure; warning and consulting relevant employees, consulting trade union representatives and/or elected employee representatives and considering alternatives to dismissal.
A redundancy situation can be difficult for employees and the employer. A considered and well drafted redundancy policy can reduce the risk of dissatisfaction because all parties will understand the process.
If you fail to implement a fair and reasonable procedure it may be unlawful and an employee could have a claim for unfair dismissal and/or discrimination which will prove to be extremely costly for your business if successful.
We can assist you and your business to avoid such situations in drafting a redundancy policy that is right for you. In the event that you then have a redundancy situation help and support will be on hand to guide you through the whole process and to ensure that you work within the law. This will in turn assist in reducing claims made by disgruntled employees and in the event that a claim is made you will be able to defend it on the basis that your actions were fair and reasonable. Call us on 08000 832 832 for help in providing your business with a long term solution.
Read more about redundancy law here.