Advice on redundancy
Employers face the need to re-organise their businesses and such re-organisation often has an impact upon employees. For example, there may be a reduced requirement for employees of a particular kind at the place where the employee is employed. This creates a redundancy situation.
For employees, this can be a difficult time. The process of redundancy needs to be handled sensitively and, more importantly, in accordance with the law. There are statutory obligations and often contractual obligations to the employees.
For employers, we can guide you through the process of ensuring a well-managed redundancy process. Our Employment team will work with you to ascertain whether the dismissals can they be avoided or are they inevitable. We can advise on individual or, where necessary, collective consultation requirements and work with you to seek to avoid potential claims for unfair dismissal.
For employees, if you believe that you have been unfairly treated in a redundancy process, have not been properly consulted or believe you have been unfairly selected, we can review the process undertaken by your employer and provide advice and /or guidance on any remedies that might be available to you.
Our specialist Employment lawyers are highly experienced in advising on settlement (formerly known as compromise) agreements. We have advised clients on an individual basis and on a group basis, for example advising a large number of employees being made redundant by a major telecommunications company at the employer’s premises.
We understand that it is often necessary to work within strict deadlines and within legal costs limitations set by an employer. We can either provide the advice required or, where necessary, we can negotiate terms on behalf of employees.
Appointments can be made at short notice and employees will be given clear advice to ensure that they fully understand the terms and effects of the settlement agreement.
For employers, we have years of experience in drafting settlement agreements either on a one off/individual basis or, for large numbers of employees (such as in redundancy situations where enhanced terms are offered).
We can advise on tax treatment in relation to payments made under a settlement agreement and on post-termination restrictions that might be included in a settlement agreement in the case where employees are being offered enhanced terms in order to protect your business.