Redundancy and Restructuring

Businesses may undergo restructuring for various reasons, such as operational or financial improvements. In some cases, restructuring may lead to job losses through redundancy. Redundancy situations can occur when businesses face financial constraints or opt for cost-effective technology solutions. Our team of Employment Law experts is ready to provide valuable advice on redundancy and restructuring for your business.

Dealing with Staff Redundancies

When addressing staff redundancies, it is essential to develop a proper redundancy strategy and treat employees fairly to avoid potential Unfair Dismissal claims at the Employment Tribunal. We understand that the prospect of redundancy can impact the workplace atmosphere, prompting various reactions. Therefore, our team offers practical legal guidance to help employers effectively manage the redundancy process.

The Redundancy Process

A fair redundancy procedure involves three key stages:

  • Fair Selection Process -Employers must fairly determine which employees will be considered for potential redundancy and define redundancy pools for those with similar positions. Discrimination based on age, disability, sex, marriage, or race must be avoided. Employees are evaluated against objective criteria, including skills, qualifications, performance, and disciplinary records.
  • Fair Consultation Process – Throughout the redundancy process, employees should have the opportunity to express objections, concerns, and propose alternatives to redundancy.
  • Considering Alternative Employment Options – Employers should explore alternative employment opportunities for affected employees and offer suitable positions if possible. Accepted alternative roles come with a minimum 4-week trial period. If the position is deemed unsuitable after the trial period, the employee remains entitled to redundancy pay.

Creating a Redundancy Plan for Your Business

We provide advice on:

  • Avoiding compulsory redundancies.
  • Consulting with your staff.
  • Selecting staff for redundancy.
  • Giving staff notice.
  • Calculating the correct redundancy pay.
  • Supporting staff and planning for the future.
  • Executing the redundancy process.

For more information or to discuss an actual proposed redundancy or restructuring matter relating to your business, please contact us.