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Mergers, relocations and changes in the economic climate can all lead to redundancies. The legislation dealing with redundancy can be complex. On this page you can find articles, books and online resources providing guidance and background information.

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  • Briefings
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  • Small Business Update
  • Useful links
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Maternity leave and redundancy
Pay and Benefits, January 2015, p.15
Employers need to be careful when making a woman on maternity leave redundant to ensure that they have met their obligations under Regulation 10 of the Maternity and Parental Leave Regulations 1999.

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ICAEW guide

An ICAEW overview guide to managing a redundancy process
This guide covers the general legal and human resource issues you would need to consider.

Legal Alert

Legal Alert is a monthly checklist from Atom Content Marketing highlighting new and pending laws, regulations, codes of practice and rulings that could have an impact on your business.

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Briefings are four-page guides from Atom Content Marketing written for the busy practitioner, director and entrepreneur providing concise, practical advice on core business issues.

Discipline and grievance issues


Good procedures enable you to deal with disciplinary and grievance issues consistently and fairly, with a view to sorting them out before they become serious. Fair and transparent procedures are also vital to help you avoid potential accusations of unfair dismissal.

Employment contracts


A contract of employment exists as soon as an applicant accepts your offer of a job.

Online articles

The library provides access to a range of articles in full text from leading business, finance and management journals. Access to articles is provided to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

How should HR react to demands to manage out employees?

The article discusses the challenges facing human resource (HR) personnel regarding under-performing employees and the need to take actions against them. Topics include the HR's ability to ask the employees to quit, ensuring stability in the performance management process, and protected conversation with the employee to safeguard against the claim..

Does a new tribunal decision mean expired warnings are past their "use by" date?

The author examines issues related to expired warnings for employee misconduct. He discusses the case Diosynth Ltd. v. Thomson wherein the company dismissed an operator at its chemical processing plant in relation to an explosion that led to a fatal accident after failing to conduct a safety process, four months after the expiration of a warning he received for failing to conduct the same safety process. He also analyzes the Scottish Court of Session's unfair dismissal decision on the case..

Disparity of treatment: when is it lawful to treat employees differently for the same misconduct

The article discusses the lessons from cases where employees in an organisation were dealt with differently for the same types of misconduct.

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Small Business Update

Small Business Update is a monthly magazine for SMEs with articles covering the latest regulatory developments, practical advice and hot topics.

Disciplining or sacking employees for activities outside of work


Membership of extreme political parties, criminal activity, football hooliganism, taking illegal substances: if your workers' leisure activities create problems with other colleagues or customers or could potentially damage your business' reputation – what can you do?

A guide to UK disability law


Employers need to know what amounts to a disability and what they have to do if they have a disabled employee or job applicant. Our quick guide will make sure you have covered all the bases.

Terminating employment – top tips to get it right


When an employee leaves, for whatever reason, it is vital to get everything right, from reclaiming your property to ensuring your confidential information is kept secret after the employee leaves. Check out the key steps to take for a trouble-free termination.

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Useful links

Making staff redundant
Guidance from GOV.UK covering:

  • how to avoid redundancies
  • lay-offs and short-time working
  • compulsory and non-compulsory redundancy
  • staff consultations
  • staff notice
  • redundancy pay.

Calculate your employee's statutory redundancy pay
GOV.UK calculator for employers to work out payments based on age, weekly pay and number of years service.

Redundancy (Acas)
Information from the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service on redundancy issues, including employee and employer FAQs. The Acas Advisory Booklet on Redundancy handling is available to download and is intended to ‘provide guidance for employers, trade unions and employee representatives on how best to handle redundancies’.

Redundancy (CIPD)
Factsheet from the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) focusing on the legal position, managing redundancy and survivor care. Registration is required to read the full factsheet.

Reorganising your business
Practice note from the Law Society on the implications of a reorganisation for employment law. Last updated July 2016.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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