It is never easy having to consider making an employee or employees redundant. The law requires that employers follow a fair procedure and that the need for the redundancy is genuine and not covering up another reason for dismissal.
For there to be a redundancy, one of three circumstances must be present:
- You must have ceased or intend to cease carrying on the business for which the employee was employed
- You must have ceased or intend to cease carrying on business in the place where the employee was employed
- The requirement for employees to carry out work of a particular kind at a particular place must have ceased or diminished or are expected to cease or diminish
You need to carry out meaningful consultation with those whose jobs are at risk, and you must ensure that any selection process is fair and does not discriminate against any at risk employee.