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Redundancy is a form of dismissal which often occurs when employers need to reduce their workforce, for example because the company, or a part thereof, is closing.

Unfortunately, as technology develops, new machinery may also render a job, and therefore an employee.

An employee being made redundant, may be eligible for certain rights, including:

  • redundancy pay
  • a notice period
  • a consultation with their employer, amongst others

Crucially, it is necessary for employers to approach redundancy in a fair way. Failure to do so may mean that the redundancy amounts to an unfair dismissal. Employers should therefore try wherever possible to use objective criteria which are capable of being applied in an independent way. As good practice therefore employers may wish to consider establishing a formal redundancy policy.

Redundancy is a sensitive area of employment law. Our barristers can be instructed to provide advice on procedures and processes adopted by employers (including reviewing and/or drafting redundancy procedures) to potentially insulate employers against future claims. We are also able to assist during the consultation period.

Our barristers act on behalf of both claimants and defendants before the ET and EAT in respect of redundancy / unfair dismissal claims. If an employee has been made redundant and considers the same to be unfair then they should seek professional advice at the earliest opportunity.

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