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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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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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The Library provides full text access to a selection of key business and reference eBooks from leading publishers. eBooks are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users. If you are unable to access an eBook, please see our Help and support advice or contact library@icaew.com.

Terminating employment

This chapter covers the termination of employment and includes: types of termination; avoiding unfair dismissal; wrongful dismissal; constructive dismissal; rights of redundant workers including statutory redundancy payments.


This chapter on employment covers the difference between employees and contractors, terms of an employment contract, termination of employment , wrongful dismissal, unfair dismissal and redundancy.

Dictionary of human resources and personnel management

Dictionary of terms used in Human Resources and personnel management. Also contains letter and policy document templates.

Letting people go: the people-centred approach to firing and laying off employees

Guide to firings and layoffs from a US perspective.

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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Useful links

Making staff redundant
Guidance from GOV.UK covering lay-offs, staff consultations and 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 on consultations, selection criteria, redundancy notice, and redundancy payments.

Handling large-scale redundancies (Acas)
Advice booklet with case studies and tips for managing the psychological impact of redundancies.

Handling small-scale redundancies (Acas)
Tool for small firms and team managers where fewer than 20 staff are at risk of redundancy. Includes examples of real-life business situations and frequently-asked questions.

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.

Articles and books in the Library collection

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