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Redundancy Part 4: Alternative Vacancies

The fourth instalment of a mini series focusing on Redundancy

Episode 4: What to do about alternative vacancies in a redundancy situation

This is the fourth episode of a mini series on redundancy in which I will focus on all aspects of redundancy and how to ensure you get things right.

In this episode I will cover:

  • Why you need to consider alternative vacancies within your organisation
  • The legal obligation upon you to inform 'redundant' employees
  • When you need to search for group company vacancies
  • What you need to do if two or more employees apply for an alternative vacancy
  • Why you must give priority to employees who are on maternity leave
  • Trial periods for alternative employment
  • When it will be reasonable or not for an employee to refuse an offer of a suitable alternative vacancy

 Action Points

Ensure that you have a mechanism in place for informing employees of internal vacancies within your business.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

Guide to Redundancy

 HR Harbour

Direct download: Episode_43.mp3
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Redundancy Part 3: Selection

The second instalment of a mini series focusing on Redundancy

Episode 3: Selecting Employees for Redundancy

This is the third episode of a mini series on redundancy in which I will focus on all aspects of redundancy and how to ensure you get things right.

In this episode I will cover:

  • Why getting the correct Pool for redundancy is so important
  • How to ensure you select a fair Pool for redundancy
  • When you can have a Pool of one employee
  • How to devise a fair selection criteria
  • What objective criteria to use in your selection
  • Why you should stay clear of subjective criteria wherever possible
  • What you should avoid scoring employees on
  • What information to give to employees about the scoring

 Action Points

Ensure that you have basic recording and measuring of employee performance, attendance and other records to make your life much easier if you do find yourself having to make employees redundant.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

Guide to Redundancy

 HR Harbour


 

 

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Direct download: Episode_42.mp3
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Redundancy Part 2: Consultation

The second instalment of a mini series focusing on Redundancy

Episode 2: Consultation

This is the second episode of a mini series on redundancy in which I will focus on all aspects of redundancy and how to ensure you get things right.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What the difference is with consultation for 20 or more employees
  • What a minimum consultation would be
  • How to deal with a Collective Consultation
  • Why consultation is vital for a fair dismissal
  • When you have to notify the Secretary of State
  • How to consult employee representatives
  • What the 'Protective Award' is

 Action Points

If you are considering redundancy carefully calculate the number of employees likely to be redundant as a result within the next 90 days (including those who volunteer).

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

 Polkey Case

HR1 Form 

Guide to Redundancy

 HR Harbour


 

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Direct download: Episode_41.mp3
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Redundancy Part 1: An introduction

The first instalment of a mini series focusing on Redundancy

Episode 1: Introduction to Redundancy

This is the first episode of a mini series on redundancy in which I will focus on all aspects of redundancy and how to ensure you get things right.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What the legal definition of redundancy is
  • How to establish if it is a true redundancy dismissal
  • Some examples of when it will be a redundancy

Statutory Definition of Redundancy - Section 139 Employment Rights Act 1996 

(1)For the purposes of this Act an employee who is dismissed shall be taken to be dismissed by reason of redundancy if the dismissal is wholly or mainly attributable to—

(a)the fact that his employer has ceased or intends to cease—

(i)to carry on the business for the purposes of which the employee was employed by him, or

(ii)to carry on that business in the place where the employee was so employed, or

(b)the fact that the requirements of that business—

(i)for employees to carry out work of a particular kind, or

(ii)for employees to carry out work of a particular kind in the place where the employee was employed by the employer,

have ceased or diminished or are expected to cease or diminish.

Action Points

If you are starting out with what you believe is a redundancy dismissal then ensure that you check the statutory definition before you start.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

Safeway Stores Plc v Burrell [1997] 

EXOL Lubricants v Birch & Another [2014]

Murphy v Epsom College [1985]


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Unfair Dismissal Part 6: Frequently Asked Questions

 

The final instalment of a 6 part mini series focusing on Unfair Dismissal

Episode 6: Listener questions answered about disciplinary issues & unfair dismissal

In this weeks' episode of the podcast I will answer some of the most frequently asked questions from Employers about how to deal with disciplinary issues and how to avoid a claim for unfair dismissal. This is the final of 6 episodes that focus on all of the key aspects of unfair dismissal, including everything you need to know to really get to grips with dismissals and what constitutes a fair dismissal.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What to do if an employee fails to attend a disciplinary hearing
  • What to do if an employee is signed off sick during the disciplinary process
  • My suggestion on how you should handle matters if an employee asks to be accompanied at the hearing by someone other than a trade union rep or work colleague
  • How to handle things if you have a small business and you are the only person able to deal with the investigation process and disciplinary hearing
  • How you should deal with the expiry of a Fixed-Term Contract
  • What procedures apply to the expiry of a Fixed-Term Contract

Action Points

Sign up to my email list at www.adviceforemployers.co.uk to get a copy of the 10 tips for dealing with a disciplinary procedure for misconduct allegations.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

ACAS Code of Practice

 
Direct download: Episode_39mp3.mp3
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Unfair Dismissal Part 5: Compensation & Remedies: Episode 38

The fifth instalment of a 6 part mini series focusing on Unfair Dismissal

Episode 5: What is the compensation that an employee can be awarded if successful with a claim for unfair dismissal?

In this weeks' episode of the podcast I will tell you what the compensation could be for an employee who is successful in a claim for unfair dismissal and the other lesser used remedies. This is the fifth of 6 episodes that will focus on all of the key aspects of unfair dismissal, including everything you need to know to really get to grips with dismissals and what constitutes a fair dismissal.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What the remedies are for unfair dismissal.
  • What the difference is between an order for reinstatement and an order for re-engagement.
  • How compensation for unfair dismissal is calculated.
  • What the 'Basic Award's is.
  • What the 'Compensatory Award' includes.
  • What the Statutory Cap means.
  • How causation effects compensation for unfair dismissal.
  • What a Polkey deduction is.
  • How the employees contributory fault can reduce compensation.
  • What will happen if an employee has been claiming state benefits.
  • Why an employee must try to mitigate their loss.
  • Why employers should consider all of these issues in their defence and in producing evidence.

Action Points

If you receive a claim against you in the Employment Tribunal you should get advice to help to mitigate your losses.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

ACAS Code of Practice

 


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Unfair Dismissal Part 4: The ACAS Code of Practice: Episode 37

The fourth instalment of a 6 part mini series focusing on Unfair Dismissal

Episode 4: Your guide to the ACAS Code of Practice

In this weeks' episode of the podcast is a run down of the requirements of the ACAS code of practice. This is the fourth of 6 episodes that will focus on all of the key aspects of unfair dismissal, including everything you need to know to really get to grips with dismissals and what constitutes a fair dismissal.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What the purpose of the ACAS Code of Practice is
  • The background to the Code of Practice
  • What the essential elements of the Code of Practice are
  • When the ACAS Code is applicable
  • What the consequences are of failing to follow the Code
  • Why you should have it in mind when dealing with conduct, performance and some other substantial reasons
  • What you need to do to fairly investigate alleged conduct
  • What you need to consider before dismissing an employee

Action Points

Ensure anyone assigned to deal with a disciplinary investigation and the disciplinary hearing in your organisation listens to this episode and downloads an up to date copy of the ACAS code of practice. 

Check your contracts and procedures to ensure that your disciplinary procedure is not contractual.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

ACAS Code of Practice

 


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The information contained in this Podcast and post is provided for guidance and is a snapshot of the law at the time. It is provided for your information only and should not be used as a substitute for obtaining legal advice that it specific to your particular circumstances.

The guidance should not be relied upon in any decision making process. It is strongly recommended that you seek advice before taking action.

Direct download: Episode_37.mp3
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Unfair Dismissal Part 3: The Reasonableness Test: Episode 36

The third instalment of a 6 part mini series focusing on Unfair Dismissal

Episode 3: How to ensure the decision to dismiss is reasonable

In this weeks' episode of the podcast I tell you all about the second test for a fair dismissal, the reasonableness test. This is the third of 6 episodes that will focus on all of the key aspects of unfair dismissal, including everything you need to know to really get to grips with dismissals and what constitutes a fair dismissal.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What the test for reasonableness is in accordance with the Employment Rights Act 1996
  • The two elements of a reasonable dismissal, Procedure and Substantive Fairness
  • What the fundamentals are for a reasonable dismissal decision
  • The different reasonableness and procedural requirements for each of the potentially fair reasons
  • What the range of reasonable responses test is
  • What you need to do to fairly investigate a conduct allegation
  • What you can do if you have more than one 'suspect' in an allegation of misconduct
  • How to deal with performance issues in order to fairly dismiss an employee for poor performance
  • What you need to consider before dismissing an employee

Action Points

Ensure anyone assigned to deal with a disciplinary investigation and the disciplinary hearing in your organisation listens to this episode.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

BHS v Burchell 

 


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Unfair Dismissal Part 2: Potentially Fair Reasons : Episode 35

The second instalment of a 6 part mini series focusing on Unfair Dismissal

 

In this weeks' episode of the podcast I bring you the five potentially fair reasons for dismissing an employee. This is the second of 6 episodes that will focus on all of the key aspects of unfair dismissal, including everything you need to know to really get to grips with dismissals and what constitutes a fair dismissal.

In this episode I will cover:

  • What the five potentially fair reasons are
  • An example of each of the reasons
  • How they are applied
  • Why the facts of each are important
  • Why swearing at work can be grounds for a fair dismissal
  • Who has the burden of proving the reason for the dismissal
  • Why the burden shifts in a claim for Automatic Unfair Dismissal
  • What you need to consider before dismissing an employee

Action Points

Check what your staff handbook says about gross misconduct and ensure it includes what you consider to amount to gross misconduct in your organisation.

Helpful Links

Employment Rights Act 1996 

Direct download: Episode_35.mp3
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Unfair Dismissal Part 1: An Introduction to Fair Dismissals: Episode 34

Episode 1: What is Unfair Dismissal?

This weeks' episode of the podcast is an introduction to the law regarding unfair dismissal. This is the first of 6 episodes that will focus on all of the key aspects of unfair dismissal, including everything you need to know to really get to grips with dismissals and what constitutes a fair dismissal.

In this episode I will cover:

  • The history of unfair dismissal
  • How unfair dismissal started in the early 1970's
  • What it is and where you will find the law
  • The fundamental difference between Unfair Dismissal and Constructive Unfair Dismissal
  • The qualifying period for unfair dismissal
  • Unfair dismissal claims with no qualifying period of service
  • Claims for Auotmatic Unfair Dismissal
  • The time limit for claims
  • Circumstances when an employer must provide written reasons for an employees dismissal

Action Points

Whenever you are considering dismissing an employee regardless of their length of service you should ensure that as a minimum you communicate the reason for termination to the employee. Employees have rights for automatic unfair dismissal in certain circumstances regardless of their service length and communicating the reason to them is likely to minimise the risk of drawing the wrong inference as to why.

Helpful Links

Introduction to Constructive Unfair Dismissal: Episode 18 

Focus on Constructive Unfair Dismissal: Episode 21

Employment Rights Act 1996 

Direct download: Episode_34.mp3
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