The Chartered Management Institute has recently published the concerning news that the UK is experiencing a 7 year high in redundancies with 3% of UK managers becoming redundant. This is the highest rate of UK redundancies since 2001 when the figure topped 3.7%. In response to this and due to the bleak economic outlook, Richard Green, Partner and Head of the Employment Department at leading Worcester and Birmingham-based law firm Harrison Clark LLP, urges employers to be extra vigilant in their approach to the redundancy process. Failure to follow correct procedures when dealing with redundancies could make a dismissal automatically unfair and lead to an influx of successful unfair dismissal claims.
As the economy continues to bite at the finances of companies both small and large this situation needs to be avoided and Richard Green advises employers to take thorough legal advice prior to commencing a redundancy process.
Mr Green states,
“Such advice would cover the need for objective fair selection criteria, a proper consultation process prior to any decisions being made and the consideration of available alternative positions within the organisation concerned. Provided the process is properly handled in accordance with such legal requirements, the impact of a difficult time for all concerned can be minimised and the event of costly tribunals avoided.”
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