Having to make decisions about redundancies can be challenging. Due to the economic impact of coronavirus (COVID-19), many employers are having to consider making redundancies to ensure their business continuity and viability.
As lockdown easing continues, employers will be busy with workforce planning and may be considering a headcount reduction in combination with continued use of the amended furlough scheme or other measures implemented over the last few months.
If a review of headcount and redundancies is a possibility, you should ensure there is sufficient time to comply with statutory collective consultation obligations as well as ensuring plans for effective individual consultation are in place. The increase in remote home working and use of furlough may complicate the process.
In addition to access to topical webinars and podcasts, we offer a range of advice and services to support employers when undertaking workforce planning, including:
Our Employment team provides specialist legal advice on the issues that employers need to consider when contemplating redundancies or a business reorganisation, including:
We can also provide you with web based training and step by step guides to the process supported by template documents.
The Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme was launched on 20 March 2020 to help businesses deal with the economic consequences of coronavirus. The scheme allows organisations to place employees on 'furlough' (ie a temporary leave of absence), with employers being able to reclaim wage costs for furloughed staff from HMRC. The scheme will close on 31 October.
Despite this unprecedented level of support from the Government, this is still an uncertain time for employers, who may still need to consider making staff redundant.
We can support those employers who are considering making redundancies as a result of coronavirus, including:
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