Arbitration service Acas has launched a free online learning package to help businesses and organisations manage redundancies in the workplace.
In 2003, Acas received 4,386 applications to employment tribunals relating to redundancy pay, and 103 requests to help settle large-scale disputes.
It launched the website in response to this demand, covering topics such as:
- statutory consultation requirements
- undertaking individual consultation
- the employer's obligations to employees facing redundancy
- statutory and voluntary information requirements.
The online package also gives a definition of redundancy and looks at how important consultation and communication is to the redundancy process.
John Taylor, Acas chief executive, said: "Acas believes that prevention is better than cure, which is why our good practice guidance helps thousands of businesses stay out of employment tribunals each year.
"Our good practice guidance helps employers keep up to date with employment law and have the right procedures in place to deal with problems promptly."
Acas' other online learning packages on nformation and consultation, and discipline and grievances at work – including the new three-step-procedure – have attracted almost 5,000 users in the past two months.
The new online learning package is available at http://www.acas.org.uk/elearning/