Your rights during redundancy

When redundancy can happen

Redundancy is usually a type of dismissal when a role is no longer needed. Your employer should only consider making redundancies if part or all of the organisation is:

  • closing, or has already closed
  • changing the types or number of roles needed to do certain work
  • changing location

If you’re dismissed for another reason, for example because of your performance or conduct, it’s not redundancy. In this case, your employer must have followed a disciplinary or capability procedure before dismissing you.

Your employer might try and look at other options before deciding on redundancies, for example changing working hours, offering voluntary redundancy or moving employees into different roles.

Before your employer selects anyone for redundancy, by law they must follow a consultation and selection process.

Your rights during redundancy
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