Redundancy legal advice
Employers need to take redundancy legal advice to ensure - for both legal and business reasons - that they begin proceedings as a last resort and, when they do, that they take all the requisite steps.
Legal advice on alternatives to redundancy
Specialists in redundancy legal advice say that employers need to ensure, firstly, that there are fair reasons for beginning proceedings and, secondly, that the proceedings themselves are fair.
The Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development says that treating such proceedings as a last resort does not just mean that an employer is following the right redundancy legal advice but also makes good business sense. A survey conducted by the organisation found that by utilising the alternatives to redundancy available, an employer could save around £10,000 more per employee per year.
Solicitors with expertise in redundancy legal advice list recruitment freezes, unpaid leave, short time working, early retirement and outsourcing as possible alternatives to beginning proceedings.
Research from redundancy legal advice specialists, Pinsent Masons, in fact suggests that businesses are already pursuing such alternatives. 86% of respondents said that they had either agreed with unions and workers on cost saving measures to avoid redundancy or that they believed they would reach agreement in the future.
The importance of the right redundancy legal advice
If redundancy should prove necessary, employers must take the right redundancy legal advice to ensure a fair process and avoid litigation in the form of a claim of unfair dismissal. Redundancy legal advice from an experienced solicitor will help guarantee the necessary transparent process with fair selection criteria.
Further research from Pinsent Masons demonstrates that 84% of business considering making redundancies were unaware of the required time period for consulting with employees, highlighting the importance of taking redundancy legal advice.
Redundancy legal advice specialist Tom Flanagan, of Pinsent Masons, said: "These figures show there is a level of complexity surrounding collective redundancy exercises that many businesses haven't got to grips with."
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