When a business is considering embarking on internal changes such as a restructure and/or redundancies, clear and effective legal advice is crucial to ensure that this process runs smoothly, but also to ensure that your business does not fall foul of the law, or leave itself open to potentially costly and protracted litigation.
If your business is considering redundancies, you should be aware of the formal rules which must be followed including the need to inform and consult with employees and representatives of the workforce, or recognised Trade Unions where relevant.
Additionally, if you are considering making dismissals of 20 or more employees, within a 90-day period, there are specific rules which must be adhered to in order to avoid affected employees being eligible for a ‘Protective Award’, which can see compensation of up to 90 days’ gross pay being awarded to each affected employee – common and potentially costly mistakes for a business!
If a redundancy situation arises, your business must ensure that the redundancy exercise is handled correctly and within the legal requirements, but also fairly. Our Employment Lawyers can guide you through this complex process from start to finish, providing you with peace of mind and confidence that all eventualities have been considered.