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.
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