There are no detailed explanatory notes with this document as the Redundancy Pack includes a comprehensive 9 page Redundancy Guide dealing with frequently asked questions and an essential step by step explanation to each stage of the redundancy procedure, including checklists for each individual consultation meeting and five accompanying letters:
- Letter One –“At Risk” letter – warning of potential redundancies
- Letter Two – Follow up letter
- Letter Three - End of consultation letter
- Letter Four – “Job safe” letter
- Letter Five – Dismissal letter
The Redundancy Guide focuses on straightforward small scale redundancies of between 1-5 individuals, where collective consultation obligations do not apply.
It is surprisingly easy to get a redundancy procedure wrong which could lead to expensive consequences, most notably an unfair dismissal claim (as long as the employee has one year’s continuous service) with damages of more than £70,000 in rare cases. Further, if an employee is selected for redundancy because of his or her race, marital status, sexual orientation, disability, age, gender, religion or belief, an employee could also bring a discrimination complaint where there is no cap on damages awarded.
In any redundancy situation, employers need to ensure that not only is there a genuine redundancy, but that a fair procedure has also been followed. Our Guide on Redundancy helps you through this process.