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Assisting redundant employees

Author: Dr Amelia Wise


  • Providing assistance to redundant employees helps employers save costs and complete the redundancy procedure with less interruption to business, by portraying a good image to redundant employees, retained employees, clients and the general public. Redundant employees benefit from being provided with assistance both emotionally and practically. (See The importance of assisting redundant employees)
  • Although providing assistance to redundant employees can attract costs, employers should bear in mind the effects of redundancy on employees and provide assistance where possible. There are a number of guidelines that employers can follow to help minimise the cost of assistance and obtain value for money when outsourcing assistance. (See The cost of assistance)
  • Employers should consider extending the statutory time-off provision to all employees who have been given notice of dismissal by reason of redundancy, regardless of their length of service. (See Time off during the notice period)
  • Some employees require more assistance than others and the appropriate support for employees of different seniority, skills and experience will vary. (See The recipients of assistance)
  • Some assistance is suited to in-house provision, while other forms of assistance are more suited to contracting out. Employers should ensure that they monitor the effectiveness of all assistance provided. (See Providing assistance in-house or contracting out)
  • Employers should take into account a number of factors when selecting the appropriate outplacement provider, as the content and delivery of services vary. (See Factors to consider in selecting an outplacement provider)
  • There are different stages to the provision of assistance: each has a number of aims. (See What the outplacement service should cover)
  • Where an employer cannot afford to contract out assistance, there are things that it can do to help redundant employees that are free or less costly, including the provision of details about sources of information or advice services. (See Alternative sources of assistance where outplacement is not affordable)
  • Some employees suffer hardship following redundancy that is beyond the norm, and employers should be alert to these difficulties and offer help where needed. (See Additional assistance for redundant employees)
  • There are a number of factors that employers should bear in mind when considering whether or not other positions within the organisation are suitable for redundant employees. (See Alternative employment)
  • After the termination of an employee's contract of employment, the employer can still provide assistance that will be of benefit to them. (See Good practice following the date of termination)