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.
If you have been made redundant or believe that you are at risk of being made redundant, then we would strongly recommend that you seek legal advice so that you can understand your rights and also the responsibilities of your employer.
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