Broadly speaking, redundancy is used to describe a situation in which an employer decides to reduce the number of its employees, either within the business as a whole, or within a particular site, business unit, function or job role. An employer may decide to make redundancies for a variety of reasons, including:

• economic pressures;
• changes in the market;
• increasing efficiency;
• technical advances; and
• relocation of business.

Provided there is a genuine business reason for the redundancy, employers are not generally required to justify their decision, although it is important to ensure that a fair procedure is followed so as to minimise the risk of litigation.

Our solicitors are able to provide guidance on how to manage a redundancy situation, including consideration as to whether there any alternatives available as well as understanding the legal and commercial implications of such actions. If you require any assistance please do not hesitate to contact us on 01928 735333 or click here for a call back.