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06 Feb 2024


Redundancies and Restructuring

What To Do If You Are Facing Redundancy Or Have Been Made Redundant

Redundancy can be a challenging and unsettling experience, especially in the ever-changing job market.

Economic fluctuations and industry shifts can lead to job losses across various sectors. With the recent news that Tata Steel is shutting down two blast furnaces, costing up to 2,800 jobs, it’s crucial to understand your rights and explore the options available.

Understanding Redundancy

  1. Know Your Rights

The first step when facing redundancy is to understand your rights. In the UK, employees are entitled to certain rights and benefits, including redundancy pay, notice periods, and the opportunity to explore suitable alternative employment within the organisation.

  1. Unfair Dismissal

While redundancy is a valid reason for dismissal, employers must follow a fair redundancy process. This involves consultation with affected employees, consideration of alternative employment options, and fair selection criteria. If these steps are not followed, the redundancy may be deemed unfair. Employees will have a limited timeframe to bring a claim for unfair dismissal. Generally, this is within three months from the date of dismissal.

  1. Redundancy Pay

Depending on your length of service, you may be entitled to redundancy pay. The statutory payment is calculated based on your age, length of service, and weekly pay, providing a financial cushion during the transitional period.

  1. Consultation Process

Employers are legally obligated to consult with employees before making them redundant. Understanding the consultation process and actively participating in discussions can help you explore potential alternatives and negotiate a better exit package.

Moving Forward

  1. Explore Retraining and Upskilling

Redundancy can be an opportunity to reevaluate your skills and consider retraining or upskilling in a different field. Government-funded programmes, such as the National Retraining Scheme or The Funding for Training and Employment Schemes in Wales. These can provide support for individuals looking to acquire new skills and transition into growing industries.

  1. Update your VC and LinkedIn Profile

A strong CV is an essential tool in your job search, and having an active LinkedIn profile will work to enhance your job applications. Tailor them to highlight your skills, achievements, and the value you can bring to potential employers. Use online resources and networking opportunities to expand your professional connections.

  1. Job Search Strategies

Actively search for new job opportunities through online job portals, recruitment agencies, and company websites. Networking events, both virtual and in-person, can be valuable for making connections and uncovering hidden job opportunities.

  1. Financial Planning

Redundancy often comes with financial challenges. Develop a budget, explore cost-cutting measures, and consider seeking advice from financial experts to navigate this period of financial uncertainty.

Emotional Well-being

  1. Seek Support

Facing redundancy can be emotionally taxing. Reach out to friends, family, or support groups to share your feelings and gain perspective. The mental health impact of redundancy is significant, and seeking professional counselling or therapy can be beneficial.

  1. Stay Positive and Resilient

Maintaining a positive mindset is crucial during this challenging time. Focus on your strengths, set realistic goals, and remind yourself that redundancy Is a temporary setback that can lead to new opportunities.

While redundancy can be a daunting experience, it’s essential to approach it with resilience, resourcefulness, and a proactive mindset. By understanding your rights, exploring new opportunities, and prioritising your well-being, you can turn redundancy into a stepping stone towards a brighter future. Remember, you are not alone, and there are resources and support networks available to help you navigate this transition successfully.

How We Can Help

At Harding Evans, our lawyers are trained in all areas of employment law and are on hand to walk you through the next steps. Contact us today.

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