What is Wrongful Dismissal? Guide for Employers

Legal issues surrounding the dismissal of an employee can quickly become costly and difficult to resolve. Wrongful dismissal claims present a specific set of challenges but are often confused with unfair dismissal. It’s important for employers to understand the distinction between these two types of dismissal, and what this means for avoiding and handling wrongful […]

Minimum Statutory Notice Periods

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Even if you have a valid reason for terminating an employee’s employment contract, you must follow a fair and lawful dismissal procedure. This includes giving an employee any legal notice period or pay-in-lieu-of-notice that they are entitled to. The dismissal process can be complicated legally, requiring careful handling and a thorough understanding of the law. […]

Offering Voluntary Redundancy

Employers should consider all workforce options before pursuing compulsory redundancies. This includes offering voluntary redundancy. As a way to reduce headcount, ‘self selection’ for redundancy can bring a number of benefits. Voluntary redundancies are generally more straightforward to deal with than compulsory redundancies, and entail less stress and animosity between the employer and affected employees. […]

Retention of HR Records (Employers’ Guide)

retention of hr records

All employers, regardless of their size, will need to collect and retain certain data relating to each member of staff that they employ. HR records can cover a wide range of data relating to working for an organisation and arising naturally throughout the lifecycle of a person’s employment, from their job application and proof of […]

How to Write a Redundancy Letter

Employers have to act fairly and lawfully when making employees redundant. Communication with affected employees will be critical as you move through the redundancy process, to update employees, meet your legal obligations and avoid the risk of tribunal claims.   Role of the redundancy letter  Written notices will typically be needed to notify and inform […]

How to Avoid Redundancy

how to avoid redundancy

Employers have to take steps to avoid redundancy by considering alternative measures. It is also generally in the organisation’s interests to exhaust all alternatives to redundancy, given the legal risks and impact on workforce morale that inevitably come with undertaking a redundancy process. The options to consider will depend on the employer’s reasons for redundancy and […]

Payment in Lieu of Notice Rules

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Payment in lieu of notice is where an employee receives notice pay from their employer instead of working their notice period when their employment is terminated without notice. Payment in lieu of notice, or PILON, can apply to many different types of dismissal. In this article, we look at the rules on PILON and how […]

Job Restructuring Rights (Employer’s Guide)

Making changes to your organisational structure can raise a number of employment and HR issues. If the restructure involves a reduction in the workforce, the employer must ensure they are following the correct legal procedures and meeting employees’ rights through the process.   Restructuring & redundancy  By law, if you make an employee redundant it […]

Redundancy Settlement Agreement Guide

Settlement agreements are generally used by employers to settle potential employment claims, but they are also commonly used as an alternative to dismissal by redundancy. Notwithstanding the reasons for making someone redundant, the employer must still follow a fair and lawful redundancy process. Using a settlement agreement in a redundancy situation can help to avoid […]

Bringing the Company Into Disrepute

For the most part, employees’ work and personal lives coexist harmoniously side by side. However, there are occasions when an employee’s behaviour or conduct outside of work may be considered to be sufficiently unacceptable to be damaging to the employer’s own reputation. In such situations, the employee can be said to be bringing the company […]