In today’s difficult economic times businesses often need to consider restructuring, changing employees’ terms and conditions and reducing headcount.
These issues can be much more difficult than businesses initially appreciate and can result in a business facing potential claims of unfair dismissal, discrimination and for Protective Awards.
Any employee who is made redundant is entitled to a fair process, including a period of consultation before any decision to dismiss is taken, fair application of selection criteria, time off to look for a new job, consideration of alternatives to the redundancy and a right of appeal. Employees also have the right not to be selected for redundancy on any discriminatory grounds such as on the grounds of their pregnancy.
In certain cases, where the employer proposes to make 20 or more employees redundant, the employer also has to collectively consult with the employees’ trade union or elected employee representatives and if this does not happen, the employees concerned may be each entitled to a Protective Award of up to 90 days’ gross pay.
We have extensive experience of advising businesses who are considering making such changes and our experienced team can provide expert advice throughout the process.
To contact our Employment Department please call 01524 237145 or complete our online enquiry form.