01 December 2015
Slater and Gordon: Redundancy Experts
With Christmas around the corner, there will be a handful of redundancies made in the City of London and across the UK as companies look to start the new year afresh.
Businesses tend to make redundancies at this ‘quiet’ time of year because it is thought to provide the minimum amount of disturbance. However, their motives and methods are often questionable and unlawful as Clive Howard explained in the Evening Standard.
Clive described how firms sometimes use redundancy as a label in order to bring a new team into the workplace. He highlighted how a redundancy is only valid if the company no longer requires anyone to carry out your duties or if the need to carry out your work has significantly diminished. Bringing a new team or individual in to carry out the same work you did before leaving could indicate an invalid redundancy.
Another topic discussed in the Evening Standard is how discrimination often plays a part in redundancies. As well as age discrimination and disability discrimination being an issue Clive mentions how common it is for women to be made redundant on pregnancy or maternity leave.
It is important to know if you have been made redundant due to discrimination that this is unlawful and you can bring a claim against your employer. However, even if there is a genuine redundancy, you still might have a claim. You can claim for unfair dismissal if your employer doesn’t follow the proper redundancy procedure.
Consultation, fair selection and redeployment are three areas of redundancy procedure that Clive covers in the Evening Standard. To understand more about these areas and the redundancy procedure employers must go through, read our blog entitled What is Redundancy?
Being made redundant can be a very stressful experience. Redundancy is also a complex area of law, which is why it would be best to seek legal advice if you find yourself in a redundancy situation this Christmas. After reviewing your case, an employment lawyer could negotiate your position for you.
Slater and Gordon are experts in employment law and redundancy. We can provide immediate representation anywhere in the UK. For an initial consultation call us on freephone 0800 916 9060 or contact us online.
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