Avoiding Tribunals during Redundancy Periods

In the last couple of years the number of people using Employment Tribunal services has increased by more than half. Depending on the case, awards can range from between around £8,000 to £28,000 with more and more cases being successful.

To avoid ending up at an Employment Tribunal, you should ensure that you are fully compliant with employment law. Getting some employment law advice from specialists in this area of the law is advised to ensure that you are not inadvertently or accidentally breaking laws which could then leave you facing claims for unfair dismissal, breach of contract, or redundancy issues, among others.

Redundancy is a problem facing many companies across the country at the moment, and so if you know that you are going to have to make staffing cuts, it is important to seek employment law advice first to ensure that you are meeting with your staff’s rights. Regardless of your current financial position, you have responsibilities towards your employees to ensure that they are being treated fairly.

Employees should be consulted before any positions are made redundant. This consultation should outline the reasons why that position has been chosen and look at if there are any alternatives. Companies which fail to provide sufficient consultations can be taken to Tribunal.

Redundancy pay is another important issue where some employers fall short of their obligations, resulting in them having to attend a Tribunal. The amount of redundancy pay depends on many things, including length of employment, salary and age, so you should seek professional employment law advice to make sure that you are paying the right amount.

If you are in a position to make redundancies, the last thing you want is to have to pay legal bills as well, so getting the right advice could be invaluable to you and your business.