Do you need to make redundancies in your business following furlough?
Do you need to make redundancies in your business following furlough?

Do you need to make redundancies in your business following furlough?

Restructuring or reorganising a business is a natural response to a changing marketplace or a shift in customer demand.

Given the extraordinary times that we have recently experienced and the economic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic, many employers may be faced with making staff redundant for the first time.

If you need to make staff redundant, particularly if they have been furloughed as a result of coronavirus emergency measures, you will need to be confident that you are following the correct procedures and not acting unlawfully.

We are experts in business restructuring and redundancies and we can guide you through the process at every stage.

We can offer practical support and will help you to understand the risks so that you do not leave your business open to allegations of unfair dismissal which can be costly to defend.

We can provide practical guidance on:

  • CJRS extensions
  • The correct way to transition from furlough to redundancy
  • Redundancy payments during furlough
  • Establishing whether there is a genuine redundancy situation (Section 139(1), ERA 1996.)
  • Selection criteria
  • Duty to look for alternative employment
  • Notifying the Secretary of State, if collective redundancy
  • Correct redundancy process – meetings, letters, collective consultation, scoring & dismissal
  • Handling appeals

The Government’s CJRS and furlough scheme has added an additional layer of complexity for businesses that now need to downsize but our experts are here to help.

If you would like to talk in confidence to one of our experienced solicitors or have any questions please contact us today.

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