Redundancies occur when an employer is ceasing to carry on with work for which the employee was employed, or is ceasing to carry on with work in the place where the employee is employed.

While redundancy is a potentially fair reason for dismissal, for a redundancy dismissal to be fair, there must be a genuine redundancy situation and the employer must follow a fair redundancy procedure, including consulting on an individual basis. The employer must also comply with its collective consultation obligations where these apply.

Unemployment claims up 145% around pandemic-hit airports

The number of people out of work around major airports is significantly higher than the rate seen across the rest of the UK.

Top 10 HR questions February 2021: Vaccination and IR35

1 Mar 2021

Can employers insist their staff have a coronavirus vaccination? What is IR35? Last month's big HR questions answered by XpertHR...

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Asda restructure set to impact 5,000 jobs

25 Feb 2021

Asda begins consultations with staff as major restructure is drawn up in response to surge in online shopping.

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Unemployment at five-year high, but vacancies on the rise

23 Feb 2021

ONS figures show the number of employees on company payrolls has fallen by 726,000, while the unemployment rate reached its highest for almost five years.

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Unemployment may be ‘close to peak’, says CIPD

22 Feb 2021

More than half of employers plan to hire new staff over the next three months, according to the latest Labour Market Outlook from the CIPD.

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How technology can help as businesses face the offboarding challenge

22 Feb 2021

Digital tools can play in ensuring the ‘offboarding’ experience is well organised and communicated, writes Duncan Casemore.

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Arcadia pensions deficit more than £500 million

19 Feb 2021

The pension deficit left by the collapse of high street giant is around £150m more than initial estimates.

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Long-term furlough and unemployment ‘scarring’ workers

18 Feb 2021

The Resolution Foundation says almost two million workers have been out of work or receiving furlough for six months.

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Blanket furlough extension could ‘choke’ economic recovery

16 Feb 2021

Institute for Fiscal Studies warns that any extension of furlough beyond 30 April must be ‘limited and carefully targeted’.

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Cap on public sector exit payments revoked

12 Feb 2021

Regulations capping public sector exit payments at £95,000 have been revoked by the government, after a review found the cap...

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Heineken to cut 8,000 jobs worldwide

10 Feb 2021

Brewing giant Heineken has announced plans to cut nearly 10% of its global workforce as the coronavirus pandemic badly affects sales.

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Ex-Arcadia Group staff seek pay-out for alleged redundancy failings

10 Feb 2021

Law firms claim the Arcadia Group did not properly consult with employees ahead of mass redundancies.

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Employment law in limbo: Key proposals to resurrect in 2021

4 Feb 2021

Many proposed employment law changes that the government has put forward in the last few years have stalled, mainly as...

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Airbus staff support cut in working hours to save jobs

2 Feb 2021

Airbus workers in Flintshire have voted to cut their working week by up to a tenth to avoid compulsory redundancies.

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Paperchase deal saves 1,000 jobs

29 Jan 2021

Around 1,000 jobs at stationary retailer Paperchase – about two-thirds of its workforce – have been saved.

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