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Redundancy & Consultation

With job losses still commonplace across the UK, it’s good to know you can call on an experienced employment law practitioner if you find yourself up against redundancy.

What is Redundancy?

Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your employment. It usually arises when an employer needs to reduce its workforce. You could face redundancy if:

  • the job you were employed to do is no longer required
  • new technology or a new system has made your job unnecessary
  • your employer needs to cut costs
  • your employer is closing down or ceasing to trade
  • your employer is relocating

Laws are in place to prevent an employer from dressing up a situation under the terms above in the hope you won’t challenge them.

Redundancy Consultation

If your employer is making fewer than 20 employees redundant in one establishment, it should conduct an individual consultation. If 20 or more employees are affected in one establishment within a 90-day period, different rules apply.

In any case, your employers should always consult with you before making you redundant. They should speak with you directly and explain how and why you were selected for redundancy and what alternatives, if any, are available. If this doesn’t happen, your so-called redundancy may, in fact, be unfair dismissal.

How TLS Solicitors can help you

The TLS Solicitors employment team is here to safeguard your interests and help you understand the legal technicalities of redundancy procedures.

Solicitors in the team specialise in formulating, implementing and reviewing redundancy procedures. They work regularly with employers and employees, so understand the challenges faced by both parties. They’re also experienced and skilled in negotiating redundancy procedures, selection pools and subsequent compromise agreements, ensuring that due process is followed at every step.

With TLS Solicitors, you’re also assured of:

  • value for money – we’ll give you a competitive fixed fee at the outset with hidden extras
  • peace of mind – redundancy can be a huge distraction – we’ll take care of interests while you focus on your future
  • excellent communication – we’ll keep you fully and regularly informed at every stage of the redundancy process

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