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What redundancy process should I follow?

What redundancy process should I follow?

The redundancy process which employers should generally follow is:

  • Identify whether a redundancy situation exists (see above).
  • Identify the appropriate selection pool.
  • If required, use a fair and reasonable selection matrix to decide which employees in the selection pool are ‘at risk’ of redundancy.

R13: Example selection matrix

  • Inform those employees that they are at risk of redundancy and invite them to an initial consultation meeting

R3: At risk letter (no selection)

R4: At risk letter (with selection)

  • Hold as many consultation meetings as are necessary to fairly consider the redundancy proposal and the points raised by the employee during consultation.

R5: Invitation to further consultation meeting(s)

R15: Guidance on conducting first redundancy consultation meeting

R16: Guidance on conducting subsequent redundancy consultation meeting(s)

  • Explore whether there are any potentially suitable alternative vacancies within the organisation which the employee could perform.

R8: Confirmation of alternative employment

  • If you decide to proceed with the redundancy proposal, provide the employee with notice of termination.

R7: Confirmation of redundancy.

  • If the employee appeals against the decision to dismiss them due to redundancy, hold an appeal hearing and provide them with an appeal outcome.

R6: Invitation to appeal meeting

R9: Appeal outcome letter

R17: Guidance on conducting redundancy appeal meeting

For further guidance on the formal process employers need to follow see:

R2: Flowchart – Redundancy.

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R13 – Example selection matrix

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R3 – At risk letter (no selection)

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R4 – At risk letter (with selection)

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R5 – Invitation to further consultation meeting(s)

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R15 – Guidance on conducting first consultation meeting

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R16 – Guidance on conducting subsequent redundancy consultation meeting(s)

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R8 – Confirmation of alternative employment

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R7 – Confirmation of redundancy

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R6 – Invitation to Appeal Meeting

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R9 – Appeal Outcome Letter

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R17 – Guidance on conducting redundancy appeal meeting

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R2 - Redundancy flowchart

Updated on 01.05.2021

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