Stephen SimpsonEditor's message: While redundancy is a potentially fair reason for dismissal, employers need to follow a fair procedure before making an employee redundant. Key issues include:

  • ensuring that there is a genuine redundancy situation;
  • conducting a proper redundancy selection process;
  • consulting individually and (where required) collectively;
  • taking steps to find alternative employment for redundant employees;
  • giving redundant employees their proper notice period;
  • allowing redundant employees time off to look for new employment; and
  • providing redundant employees with the correct redundancy pay, whether that be statutory or contractual.

Thinking about these issues during a redundancy process can help to avoid a costly unfair dismissal or discrimination claim.

Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor

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