It is never the first option for employers to make their staff redundant. If this is an unavoidable situation that you find yourself in as an employer, it is important to be aware of certain conditions:
- Employees must have at least two years’ service with an organisation to be entitled to statutory redundancy payment if they are dismissed on the grounds of redundancy.
- The minimum payment is one weeks’ pay per year of service, capped at an amount fixed annual by the Government
- Statutory notice periods apply to those over the age of 16 in addition
- You have to follow a fair procedure leading to redundancy to avoid unfair dismissal claims
There are many other legal considerations an employer must make when contemplating redundancies. We advise employers on the right processes and procedures to ensure everything is carried out within the legal boundaries. We also advise clients one issues around redundancies where there is a possible claim for unfair dismissal