Redundancy: 20 employees or less

Topic Index
Preliminary issues
General meetings
First individual meeting
Final meeting
Appeal meeting


  • Tom Walker, Head of the Employment Department and Hester Jewitt, a solicitor at Pennington Manches, set out below the key issues and key aspects of procedure when dealing with redundancies for less than 20 employees.
  • A redundancy process will inevitably cause upset within a workplace. People who are selected for redundancy will understandably question why they and not others were chosen. All too often they see it as a performance process and will state that they were not warned about the matters that led to them being scored lower than their colleagues.
  • Of course the process is not one about a failure of performance but is one in which employees do have somehow to be ranked against their colleagues. This will inevitably lead to comparisons in performance and it essential that the employer can explain how and why this is taking place.


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