Stephen SimpsonEditor'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.

Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor

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