BLM Employment Law Partner Julian Cox talks to Travel Trade Gazette about handling redundancies as an employer during the current climate
BLM Partner and Head of Employment Law London, Julian Cox has spoken to travel industry media, Travel Trade Gazette about how vital it is that the correct processes are followed by heavily hit industries like airlines, travel agents, hotels and tourist companies, to ensure that employees are treated fairly. In a feature - Tough conversations: how to handle making redundancies, Julian commented:
"At an already difficult time, businesses facing redundancy decisions must handle the situation with care. Caution is needed at every stage to avoid wide scale unfair dismissal claims and employment tribunals. Currently, consultation rules still apply. Those at risk of redundancy must be consulted with before a decision is made and a reasonable selection criteria must be decided and applied fairly."
Of course, the new normal we are in means some aspects of the process have been adapted. Guidance has been updated to allow for remote consultations, though staff still have a right to be accompanied by a trade union rep or colleague, which employers must be mindful of."
Consultation also still applies for furloughed employees, and does not breach the rules on working. Whilst official statutory guidance on furlough does not make concessions for redundancy, it’s reasonable to assume these employees can be engaged with if they have been selected for consultation. Notice can also be issued whilst they are on the scheme, although businesses will have to top up their pay in lieu to 100%, on top of the 80% supplied by the Government.
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