In a recent employment tribunal, SSI steel workers were awarded £6.25 million due to lack of communication during a redundancy process. Redcar plant shut down last year leaving employees redundant.
Employers must consult with staff even if the end result is inevitable, or forfeit multi-million pound claims. When dismissing 20 staff or more employers are obliged to consult with staff under a European Directive.
Redundancies should be a last resort and employers must be able to demonstrate that the employee’s job no longer exists.
Reasons why a redundancy process is taking place:
- Business ceasing to operate
- Introduction to a new technology which minimises the need for staff in a certain department
Legal minimums for redundancy pay:
- Statutory notice period – this depends on employees length of service
- Payment in lieu of notice – if the employee is prevented from working
- Lump sum pay off (depending on the contract terms)
Where possible, employees should be offered alternative employment within the company. If an employee accepts the offer they must be granted a trial period without the risk of losing their right to redundancy.
Staff must be paid at least statutory redundancy notice pay. Employees with more that 2 years continued employment are entitled to redundancy pay.
The redundancy process is complicated and a fair selection process is imperative. Seeking advice is highly recommended. Call Wurkplace if you need advice and/or support in a redundancy situation.
An experienced Director who controls and oversee all business operations, people and ventures. Responsible for the overall success of the business.
As a leader, he is able to steer a company to the most profitable direction while also implementing its vision, mission and long term goals. Additionally, he has strong crisis management skills to “save” companies in times of need.