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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.

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

Guide to firings and layoffs from a US perspective.

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.

Online articles

The Library provides access to leading business, finance and management journals. These journals are available to logged-in ICAEW members, ACA students and other entitled users subject to suppliers' terms of use.

The redundancy process

The article provides information on the redundancy process in the employment. Topics discussed include the importance of the handling of redundancy dismissals in line with the law, the criteria for selection of redundancy based on the length of service, disciplinary record and performance of employees and finding an alternative to find an alternative for redundancy by communication of employer and employee.

"We'd like to make you an offer"

The article discusses issues related to exit agreements for employees as part of human resources (HR) work. Topics include the negotiation of settlement agreements with employees who have become redundant, the need for documentation of offers to avoid unfair dismissal claims, and the role of confidentiality clauses in agreements.

Redundancy near pensionable age could be age discrimination

The article reports that the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) of Great Britain has returned the case Sturmey v Weymouth and Portland Borough Council to a tribunal for a re-hearing. It mentions that the tribunal will consider whether redundancy dismissal, where the timing meant an employer avoided significant pension costs, could amount to age discrimination.

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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.

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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