Acas, the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, have reported a sharp increase in the number of businesses and employees seeking advice on redundancy, lay-offs and business transfers.
‘…the employers are most likely to ask about their legal responsibilities, consultation periods and how to decide which employees to make redundant. Common enquiries from employees include asking about their own notice period and redundancy pay levels.’
Ed Sweeney, Acas Chair, commented:
‘Given the challenging economic environment, these figures are not surprising. We are urging businesses to resist any knee-jerk reactions, and ensure that decisions are assessed well ahead of being made.
Thinking about the longer term or looking at alternatives to redundancy, such as redeployment, are just two areas where businesses may be able to save jobs and money in the medium-long term.’
Please do talk to us if you have any concerns in this area.
Source: Acas guidance