Redundancy Advice for Employers
Most employers and business owners will agree that making their employees redundant is one of the hardest parts of running a business.
Unfortunately, changing market conditions or the needs of the business as a whole sometimes mean that an employer is forced to restructure their company. If circumstances dictate that you need to make an employee redundant, it’s important that you do so in accordance with their rights under the law and the terms of their contract.
Our redundancy advice for employers
Barcan+Kirby’s employment solicitors work with employers and business owners all over the UK, from our offices across Bristol and the surrounding area in Bedminster, Bishopston, Kingswood, Queen Square and Thornbury.
We can advise employers on all kinds of managed redundancy issues, including:
- Legal redundancy procedures
- Selection of employees for redundancy
- Collective redundancy
- Voluntary redundancy and early retirement
- Redundancy arising from business mergers, acquisitions or takeovers
- Settlement agreements
- Breach of contract
- Business transfers and TUPE
Planning for redundancy
It is vital that you get the planning stage of redundancy and/or restructuring right. As an employer, you need to have a clear strategy in place to help you manage each stage of the redundancy process, including whether you can avoid redundancies, consultation, selection, giving appropriate notice, working out compensation and planning for the future.
Collective redundancy procedures
If you’re significantly restructuring or winding down part of your business, it may be that you need to remove multiple roles at the same time. If the number of people you’re making redundant at once is 20 or more, you’ll need to follow a consultation process that involves trade union and employee representatives.
Our employment law solicitors can advise employers on procedures for collective redundancy to ensure that you aren’t taken to an employment tribunal by your employees.
Claims for unfair dismissal after redundancy
If you have an employee who believes they have been unfairly selected for redundancy, or unfairly made redundant, our employment solicitors can help. We can deal with any potential claim for unfair dismissal before it gets to an employment tribunal, or after a claim has been issued at tribunal.