Redundancy Solicitors

Redundancy can be a daunting and uncertain time for employees, impacting not just their financial security, but also their career and well-being. At Solidaire Solicitors, we understand the complexities surrounding redundancy and are here to offer guidance and support during these challenging circumstances.

Understanding Redundancy

Redundancy occurs when an employee’s position becomes surplus to requirements or when the employer’s business requires a reduced workforce. It is essential to distinguish redundancy from other forms of termination, such as dismissal for misconduct or underperformance. Redundancy is an objective decision based on the needs of the business, not a reflection of an employee’s abilities.

Legal Framework for Redundancy

The legal framework governing redundancy in the UK is primarily outlined in the Employment Rights Act 1996 and subsequent regulations. Key points to understand include:

  1. Consultation: Employers must consult with employees who are at risk of redundancy, with the duration of the consultation period depending on the number of employees affected. In cases involving 20 or more employees, collective redundancies are subject to additional consultation requirements.
  2. Selection Process: Employers must follow a fair and objective selection process when choosing employees for redundancy. This process should consider various factors, including skills, performance, and length of service. Discrimination on grounds of age, gender, disability, or other protected characteristics is strictly prohibited.
  3. Suitable Alternative Employment: Employers are expected to explore suitable alternatives to redundancy, such as offering employees alternative roles within the organisation or considering options for flexible working arrangements.
  4. Redundancy Compensation: Employees who have been continuously employed for at least two years are entitled to statutory redundancy pay. The amount is calculated based on age, length of service, and weekly pay, subject to certain limits.

How we can assist you

Facing redundancy can be overwhelming and stressful. At Solidaire Solicitors, our experienced employment solicitors are here to guide you through the redundancy process and safeguard your rights. Here are some ways we can assist you:

  1. Redundancy Advice: Our team will review your redundancy situation, helping you understand your rights, entitlements, and options for challenging unfair redundancy if applicable.
  2. Consultation Support: We can provide guidance to ensure that your employer adheres to the legal requirements for the consultation process, ensuring your voice is heard and your interests are protected.
  3. Selection Process Review: Our solicitors can carefully assess the fairness of the redundancy selection process, identifying any potential discrimination and providing advice on challenging unfair selections.
  4. Redundancy Compensation: We can calculate your statutory redundancy pay entitlement and evaluate whether there may be grounds to pursue enhanced redundancy compensation or negotiate a settlement agreement on your behalf.

Experiencing redundancy can be a distressing and uncertain time, but you don’t have to face it alone. At Solidaire Solicitors, our expert employment solicitors are dedicated to helping you navigate redundancy with confidence and ensuring that your rights are protected throughout the process. By seeking our guidance, you can gain a deeper understanding of the legal framework, explore available options, and receive professional support tailored to your individual circumstances. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and let us guide you towards a brighter future.

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