Editor's message: With ongoing advances in technology and constant modifications to ways of working in order to remain competitive, redundancy exercises are a fact of life for most organisations.
No employer will find the experience of making employees redundant easy or pleasant. However, where redundancies are necessary, following good principles of redundancy management will help protect against tribunal claims as well as minimising the stress for departing employees and the potentially negative impact on redundancy survivors' morale.
These include ensuring that there is a genuine redundancy situation, that a proper consultation exercise is carried out as early as practicable, and that fair and consistent selection criteria are applied. It will also be important to take steps to find alternative employment for redundant employees.
Qian Mou, employment law editor
Special guest Jo Broadbent, who is a professional support lawyer with Hogan Lovells, joins us to discuss the rights that apply to pregnant employees and those on maternity leave in a redundancy situation, including the practical steps employers can take to avoid falling foul of the law.
A charity has called for greater legal protections for new mothers, claiming the Government has failed to act on the recommendations of the Women and Equalities Committee inquiry into pregnancy and maternity discrimination.
Updated with information on trends in supporting redundancy survivors.
The Government consults on new proposals to reform the Civil Service Compensation Scheme.
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A Court of Appeal decision "makes it much harder for employers to ignore staff when making major changes in the workplace", Unison claims.
The Court of Appeal has held that the legislative provision that excludes park police constables from enjoying collective consultation rights is in breach of their, and their union's, art.11 rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.
Updated to include information on the repayment of contractual redundancy pay for very senior managers returning to the NHS within 12 months.
Kirsti Laird is senior associate at Charles Russell Speechlys. She rounds up the latest rulings.
HR and legal information and guidance relating to redundancy.