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Making Staff Redundant

 

If you are finding that your business is suffering a shortage of work for the foreseeable future due to COVID-19 or other reasons, you may need to make redundancies.

 

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When does a redundancy situation arise?

Before you start making redundancies you need to be satisfied that a redundancy situation applies to your business.

Redundancy situations generally fall into the following three categories:

  • Business closure
  • Workplace closure
  • Diminished requirements of the business for employees to do work of a particular kind

 

If any of the above categories apply to your business, contact Oakwood Solicitors as soon as possible to get the advice you need before you start making redundancies.

You may not be certain you need to make redundancies at this stage however, Oakwood Solicitors may be able to offer an alternative solution to meet the changing needs of the business.

Our advisors can assist you in considering options such as the ever changing furlough leave scheme, lay-off periods and short time working.

 

How can I make staff redundant whilst ensuring the business is protected?

If your business has never had to make redundancies before, you may find yourself unsure as to how to make staff redundant whilst avoiding the risk of facing tribunal claims.

Navigating your way through making redundancies can be a tricky process and there are many legal risks employers can face if they do not manage redundancies correctly.

Redundancy is a form of dismissal.  An employee who has been dismissed and has two years’ service or more has a right to pursue an Unfair Dismissal claim against their employer.

An employee who feels they have been discriminated against by being selected for redundancy may have a discrimination claim in the Employment Tribunal.

If you are worried that an employee will submit a claim against you or your business or you are already faced with a tribunal claim, contact Oakwood Solicitors today to find out how we can help.

 

Redundancy Pay

If you are proposing to make an employee redundant who has two or more years’ service, they will be entitled to statutory redundancy pay.

Statutory redundancy pay is a legal entitlement and you must ensure you are paying your employees what they are owed upon leaving the business. The government website provides a redundancy calculator, which can be found here.

You may also need to consider contractual redundancy pay. If you need guidance on what termination payments you should be making, contact Oakwood Solicitors to find out more.

 

Insuring our business against legal claims: The Employment Law and HR Package

Our advisors understand that Tribunal claims against your business are time-consuming, costly and could have a negative impact on your businesses standing.

Oakwood Solicitors offer an Employment Law and HR Package which provides unlimited legal advice to business owners which will allow you to steer and navigate your business through any employee issue with confidence.

If unlimited advice is not enough, the package comes with (as standard) insurance cover so that you do not have to worry about the cost of litigation should an employee make a claim against you.

 

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The combination of unlimited advice and insurance allows business owners to rest assured that their business is protected from costly tribunal claims.

In this unsteady financial climate, it is important businesses are dealing with employee issues in a legally compliant way to avoid having to defend costly tribunal claims.

 

WHAT TO DO NEXT

Sounds like the ideal package for your business?  Find out more about our Employment Law and HR package here, or call Oakwood Solicitors Ltd to speak to one of our corporate employment lawyers today on 0113 200 9787.

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