Just Employment

We are specialist Redundancy solicitors.

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Redundancy is where an employer has a reduced need for employees to carry out work of a particular kind. Perhaps new technology or reduced workload means that a job is no longer needed.

If an employer wishes to make employees redundant, there is a formal procedure to be followed. Otherwise a dismissal is unfair. In summary, there must be a genuine redundancy; the procedure for selecting the jobs to go must be fair and objective; selected staff must be properly consulted; and alternative employment must be considered. There is no redundancy if an employer can offer suitable alternative employment.

In practice, employers usually start the process knowing the employees they least want to keep. But unless they devise and apply ‘fair and objective’ procedures to select their jobs, the dismissals will be unfair.

The dismissal procedure is more complex where an employer proposes to dismiss at least 20 employees at one establishment within a period of 90 days. Here there is a duty to consult employee representatives. Whether or not consultation is a legal duty, effective communication with staff, not just with leavers, is key to staff motivation.

Redundant employees with at least two years’ service are entitled to a statutory redundancy payment, tax free, which varies with salary, age and length of service. This is in addition to notice (or pay in lieu of notice) and accrued holiday pay.

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Just Employment Offices

Guildford

St Mary’s Chambers,
59 Quarry Street,
Guildford, Surrey
GU1 3UA

Tel: 01483 303 636

London

1 Hinde Street,
London,
W1U 2AY


Tel: 0203 326 5000

Brighton

The Brighton Forum
95 Ditchling Road
Brighton, East Sussex
BN1 4ST

Tel: 01273 020 796

Wokingham, Reading

2 The Courtyard,
Denmark Street,
Wokingham, Berkshire,
RG40 2AZ

Tel: 01189 639 328