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When making staff redundant, your obligation as an employer is simply to be fair. In this guide, Peninsula provides redundancy advice for employers struggling with this complex and often difficult duty.

When making redundancy selections, you will need to provide evidence of your reasons for choosing certain staff. This could be related to performance, while it is also fair to make selections based on length of service. In some scenarios, employees may even volunteer to take a redundancy payout. However, it is vital to avoid any reasons connected to a protected characteristic such as sex, age, disability or race. It's also now unlawful to make redundancies for reasons connected with pregnancy – learn more about pregnancy-related discrimination in Peninsula's maternity leave guide for employers.

Once you have chosen the staff to make redundant, you will need to tell them in a formal redundancy consultation. These one-to-one discussions should cover all the available options, and explain why the individual has been chosen.

Finally, you will need to provide employees with statutory redundancy pay. The employee's original weekly pay, length of service and age are all used to determine the minimum amount they are entitled to. If your contracts of employment stipulate a different redundancy package you will be obliged to provide this.

For employment law advice on making redundancies, or to find out about our employment tribunal services, visit the Peninsula website or call our team of specialist advisors for free on 0800 328 9348 and they will be happy to help.

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