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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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  • Acas guidance
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  • Small Business Update
  • Useful links
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A model policy for offering employees enhanced redundancy payments.

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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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Acas guidance

Advice, guidance and practical resources on a wide variety of recruitment topics for both employers and employees, produced by the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service, Acas. Acas is the employment relations service for England, Scotland and Wales offering practical, independent and impartial advice to employers, employees and their representatives.

Advisory booklet - Handling large-scale redundancies


Acas advice booklet for employers, employee representatives and employees in situations when 20 or more employees may lose their jobs through collective redundancy. The booklet covers relevant case studies and provides tips for managing the psychological impact of redundancies.

Handling small-scale redundancies - A step-by-step guide


Acas step-by-step tool aimed at small firms and team managers, in situations where fewer than 20 staff are at risk of redundancy. Includes examples of real-life business situations and frequently-asked questions to do with handling redundancies.

Redundancy - Acas guidance


Acas information on redundancy issues, including consultation, selection criteria, redundancy notice, and redundancy payments.

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.

Court rules employers are liable for lost pension rights

The Court of Appeal has ruled that British employers could be liable to pay pension contributions to employees who are wrongly dismissed.

Honeywell's CEO on how he avoided layoffs

David Cote, the chief executive officer of consumer goods company Honeywell, discusses his financial strategy for his company during the 2008 economic crisis.

Shares for rights changes could cost employers more

The government's Growth and Infrastructure Bill allows employers to let staff swap some of their employment rights for shares in their organisation - but there could be costs involved in implementing the scheme.

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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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