Rachel Suff, employee relations adviser at the CIPD, the professional body for HR and people development, comments:  

“Business leaders must recognise that sacking staff on the spot via video, and with no notice, is inhumane and very difficult to justify, whatever the circumstance.

“While it is a harsh reality that organisations sometimes must make job cuts, there is never any excuse for employers not to fully consider the wellbeing and financial costs to workers, and how to minimise these. 

“Businesses that fail to meet their legal and moral obligations to consult and treat people fairly face significant risks and costs and, just as importantly, will suffer long-lasting damage to staff morale and employment relations, as well as to their reputation and brand. 

“Employers should always act with integrity and compassion and respect the dignity of their staff throughout the process if they have to take decisions that impact people’s employment.” 

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