Seek volunteers for redundancy

Key points

  • Seeking volunteers for redundancy could avoid the need to make compulsory redundancies, thereby minimising some of the damaging effects of a redundancy process.
  • The employer should consider writing to relevant employees to invite them to volunteer for redundancy, setting out what they should do if they wish to be considered and the terms on offer to those who are accepted for voluntary redundancy.
  • It is important that the employer retain the right to turn down applications for voluntary redundancy, to avoid losing employees with the skills and experience that are important to the future success of the business.

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