Lay-Offs

posted by admin on June 23, 2015.

In the current economic environment, lay-offs are an unfortunate fact of life.

It is appreciated that employers do not readily resort to this step and some industries are more susceptible than others.  Used indiscriminately they can damage employee relations in a workplace which can have an impact on a business for a very long time.

Employers should ensure that they keep their employees informed of what is happening and the likelihood of the lay-off being lifted as this can have serious implications for employers should they have laid off staff for a long period of time and then suddenly work picks up.

If the employer has not kept staff in the loop it is likely that they will start to look elsewhere for employment of decide to ask the employer to make them redundant.

So what are their rights if they decide that they no longer wish to be employed?

If an employee has been laid off for a period of 4 weeks or 6 weeks in a 13 week period, they can write to the employer to claim redundancy.

If the employer has work that the employee can do and:

  • the employer responds to the employee within 7 days of receipt of the letter
  • they can guarantee that the employee can return to work within 1 month of receipt of the letter
  • they can further guarantee work for a period of 13 weeks.

The employer can refuse the redundancy payment.

If the employer does not fulfil the above, the employee is entitled to redundancy.

For more information on how to deal with lay-offs and/or redundancy issues, Contact Us to support you through the process.

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