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It’s the job not you

Why are you facing redundancy? There are lots of possible reasons but often a business is facing a down turn in work or shortage of money. However there can be other causes for instance it it may be changing the work it does or the way it does that. All these things mean it may have to look at redundancies. However redundancy shouldn’t be the first option or an excuse to get rid of employees. Redundancy should a last resort so it is useful to look behind the possible reasons.

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Options

The law expects an employer to follow a formal redundancy process which is designed to help a business find alternatives to making anyone redundant or at least reducing the numbers. For example they are employer should consult with its employees to see if they have suggestions about ways of avoiding redundancy at all. This may be wishful thinking but we have seen this type of consultation produce positive results and redundancies avoided.

What might you suggest? You might have ideas for expanding or changing the business. You might get together with other employees and suggest a temporary change in hours or pay to help over a difficult period.

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Selection

If an employer can’t avoid redundancies altogether they need to decide which roles will be redundant. If there are a group of people in that role, or similar roles, the employer has to decide how many redundancies are needed and who should be kept. You need to look at why your skills and record should justify you keeping your job.

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Alternative Jobs

If your job is identified for redundancy your employer must look at whether there is an alternative job it can offer you. Do they know about all your skills and interests which make you suitable for other roles? Are there jobs in the business you might be able to do which are not obvious, if so make sure you pursue this.

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Voluntary Redundancy

Being made redundant may suit you. As part of the redundancy process an employer may call for volunteers. However, even if you ask them to make you redundant your employer doesn’t have to agree. After all, if you have important skills or experience it will be important to keep you.

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Settlement

If all this fails and you are made redundant your employer may offer you a settlement agreement. This type of agreement means you have to take independent legal advice and an your employer will normally offer money towards your legal costs. Therefore I can give you that indpendent legal advice so that you can decide whether to accept the deal.

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Kirsten Moon – Employment Law Solicitor – Partner

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01233 714055

 


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