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Redundancy selection criteria

Stephen SimpsonEditor's message: Where there is a pool of potentially redundant employees, the criteria that employers use to select employees for redundancy is critical. Employers should draw up fair, relevant, transparent and non-discriminatory selection criteria. The criteria should be objective and avoid being based solely on personal opinion.

Redundancy selection criteria that employers commonly use are: measurable levels of skills and competencies; assessments of past performance; and disciplinary record.

Employers need to be acutely aware of the dangers of including potentially discriminatory redundancy selection criteria. While employees' attendance record can be used as one of the measurements, employers must take into account the reason for absences. A failure to discount absences related to, for example, disability or pregnancy is likely to be discriminatory.

Stephen Simpson, principal employment law editor

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    Podcasts and webinars

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    Policies and documents

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  • Date:
    5 January 2020
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    Survey analysis

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  • Date:
    6 July 2015
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    Survey analysis

    Redundancy policies and procedures: the 2015 XpertHR survey

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  • Date:
    27 November 2014
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    Law reports

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  • Date:
    1 September 2013
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    Law reports

    Case round-up

    Joe Beeston, Kate Edminson, Rosie Kight and David Rintoul are associate solicitors and Iain Naylor is a trainee solicitor at Addleshaw Goddard LLP. They round up the latest rulings. They round up the latest rulings.

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    1 May 2013
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    Law reports

    Case round-up

    David Malamatenios is a partner and Colin Makin, Linda Quinn, Krishna Santra and Sandra Martins are associates at Colman Coyle Solicitors. They round up the latest rulings.

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