Essential points

  • A redundancy is a dismissal that occurs when a role is no longer needed – in other words, it becomes redundant.
  • Employers should consult with employees when considering making redundancies if they wish to avoid any dismissals being unfair.
  • Where 20 or more redundancies are planned at one establishment within a 90-day period, employers must follow the collective consultation rules in order to avoid unfair dismissals and protective awards.
  • Employees under notice of redundancy have the right to time off to look for a new job.
  • All employees selected for redundancy will be entitled to notice pay and those with at least two years’ service will be entitled to a statutory redundancy payment based on their length of service.
  • The Protection from Redundancy (Pregnancy and Family Leave) Act 2023 will extend the protections for those on Maternity, Adoption or Shared Paternity Leave.  

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