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Making an employee redundant


If there are changes in the way your business operates, or a reduction in your levels of business, you may find that the jobs of some of your staff become redundant. When this happens, you need to make sure you act correctly.

It is recommended that you make provision for redundancy procedures in your employee contracts. However, even if you don't, there are specific procedures that you must follow.

This guide offers an overview of redundancy procedures and employee rights in England, Scotland and Wales. Different laws govern Northern Ireland.

Subjects covered in this guide

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Employing people

Dismissals, redundancies and other exits


Making an employee redundant


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What is redundancy?


Avoiding redundancies


Staff selection - non-compulsory


Staff selection - compulsory


The redundancy consultation process


Rights of redundant employees


How to help redundant employees


Potential problems following redundancy