If you have been placed at risk of redundancy, or have been made redundant, it can be a confusing and stressful time.
The expert employment lawyers at Macks Solicitors can assess your situation and advise on your employment and redundancy rights.
Our specialist Employment Solicitors understand that worrying about losing your job is highly distressing and we will guide you through the redundancy process providing clear advice on your rights and options.
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The Redundancy Process
Whilst it can sometimes be necessary for an employer to make redundancies, an employee may believe that their employer has not followed the correct process or that they have been unfairly chosen for redundancy. The correct redundancy process must be followed by an employer. Failure to do so can increase tension and stress within the workplace and result in unfair dismissal claims.
For a redundancy dismissal to be fair there must first be a genuine “redundancy situation”. This means a particular type of work has ceased, diminished, or is expected to decline in the future. For example, there may be a reduction in work due to a lack of orders, or the business may be in financial trouble and undergoing reorganisation or closure.
If an employer is considering redundancies, they are required to use a fair and objective redundancy selection process. The fairness of the selection process and the requirement to consult employees depends on a variety of factors. Our expert employment lawyers can advise on the fairness of the selection and consultancy process depending on your individual circumstances.
If you think that you have been selected unfairly for redundancy you may have an unfair dismissal claim. Reasons for redundancy that are classed as unfair include:
- Marital status
- Pregnancy, maternity or paternity leave
- Race, religion or belief
- Sex or sexual orientation or gender reassignment
- Trade union activity
- Work patterns such as part-time status or fixed-term employment or working from home
You should take expert legal advice from an Employment Solicitor if you think that you have:
- Been unfairly placed in a redundancy pool
- Been unfairly selected for redundancy
- Been unfairly dismissed by your employer to avoid having to pay you redundancy pay
Our Employment law Solicitors have the knowledge and expertise to advise you on the redundancy process and on your rights and can represent you in Employment Tribunal proceedings.
Redundancy Pay Claims and Rights
If you are facing redundancy at work, you may be entitled to:
- The option to move into suitable alternative employment
- Notice pay or pay in lieu of notice – what you are entitled to depends on your contract of employment or, if you do not have a contract, your length of service
- Statutory redundancy pay if you have been employed by your employer for more than two years
If you believe that your redundancy rights have been breached, our employment law specialists can discuss your rights and options to ensure that you get the support and expert legal advice you need.
How Macks Can Help
We will thoroughly explore your case and determine the best course of action that is tailored to your specific needs.
We will discuss the funding arrangement that best suits your situation and provide you with efficient, practical advice.
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