Redundancy Procedure Advice for Employers
The decision to make redundancies is never easy, but firms that are left with no alternative need to follow the correct processes. Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors can help to ensure you are adhering to the current legislation during the redundancy process, preventing falling into costly disputes with employees.
Our highly experienced employment lawyers will work tirelessly to ensure the correct procedures are followed if your business has made the difficult decision to make redundancies. We have been helping firms across the Wirral, Liverpool and further afield for more than 100 years.
Speak to our redundancy lawyers today by calling 0800 781 3894, or complete our online enquiry form and we will be in touch at a time that is suitable for you.
How can our redundancy lawyers help your business?
If you are considering making some of your employees redundant, or are currently going through the process, there are a number of factors to consider first. You should:
- Ensure that all redundancy processes are carried out fairly and in accordance with existing statutory procedures and any redundancy policy or procedure you may have in place
- Ensure that you have an appropriate consultation procedure in place that is compliant with employment law
- Be aware of what constitutes a fair selection procedure, as well as your responsibilities with regard to helping former employees to find alternative employment
Consulting an experienced employment lawyer regarding the details of redundancy can help you to avoid future claims relating to unfair dismissal or protective awards when there are collective redundancy obligations arise.
Our legal experts will use their extensive knowledge of employment law to help you and your business to stay on the right side of UK legislation, ensuring you do not become embroiled in costly and time-consuming employee claims.
Why choose Percy Hughes & Roberts Solicitors?
By working with Percy Hughes & Roberts, you can rest assured that your business interests are in good hands. We will always endeavour to provide the highest standard of service, and have been offering legal advice across the Wirral, Liverpool and further afield for more than a century.
We hold industry accreditations, including Lexcel, the Law Society's quality standard. This means we are recognised for providing top-tier legal services to our clients.
How much notice do employees need when being made redundant?
The minimum notice period for employees being selected for redundancy will be the higher of either, the employees statutory notice, or, their contractual notice. Statutory notice depends on their length of service.
- One month to two years - one weeks’ notice
- Two to 12 years - one week’s notice for each full year of employment
- 12 years or more - 12 weeks’ notice
Is there a time limit for re-employing redundant staff?
Where there has only been a short period between making someone redundant and rehiring them, this could be considered a continuation of their original employment.
If this does occur, the employee may be required to return any statutory redundancy pay they received. In some cases, you may find yourself under investigation by HMRC if they believe that the redundancy was not genuine and were attempting to exploit the tax-free nature of redundancy payments.
When should redundancy pay be paid?
Employees should be given statutory redundancy pay in the following circumstances:
- If they have been working for you under a contract of employment
- Have at least two years’ continuous service under a contract of employment
- Have been made redundant
You should make the redundancy payment at the point where the employee is dismissed or soon after. Should you fail to pay redundancy pay when you are legally required to do so, your employee can make a claim to an employment tribunal within six months of the end of their employment.
Contact Percy Hughes & Roberts
Seek expert legal advice from our team of experienced solicitors. Contact Percy Hughes & Roberts for a no-obligation phone consultation today.
Call us on 0800 781 3894, or fill out an online enquiry form to arrange for us to get in touch at a time that's suitable for you.
We are based in Birkenhead and cover cases across all of the North West, including Wirral, Merseyside & Cheshire. We pride ourselves on offering expert advice that's easy to understand, and we will be with you through every step of the legal process.
Download our free Redundancy Guide for Employers
Percy Hughes & Roberts have an in-depth guide to help answer those questions. You can download “Redundancy: An Employer’s Guide” here.