Redundancy Advice and Support
Acas gives free, impartial advice on workplace rights, rules and best practice. It is a service for both employees and employers. Acas run training courses on all manner of subjects, including redundancy. Their website reports a 169% increase in redundancy related enquiries compared to June/July last year and are advising on everything from timeframes and selection processes to calculating redundancy payments.
Acas are also running training courses covering legal responsibilities and best practise for companies facing redundancy procedures.
As a part of their continued ‘Corona virus (COVID-19) guidance and support’ pages, the government website are also providing information for employers relating to redundancy.
They give brief information about compulsory and non-compulsory (also known as voluntary) redundancy, have links to other services which may be useful to employers and employees, such as Jobcentre plus, as well as downloadable guides to information on topics such as ‘handling large scale redundancies’.
Aimed at employees, the Citizens advice bureau have lots of information that you can pass onto your employees facing redundancy so that they know their rights. This acts as a good checklist for employers also as to their procedures, responsibilities and best practise when faced with the prospect of having to make staff redundant.
Although a service that employers have to pay for, companies like Peninsula Group are invaluable for small to medium businesses who do not have the capacity for a HR department. A monthly or annual membership provides employers with expert HR and Health and Safety support. HR support includes providing documentation, HR tools, 24 hour HR support and legal insurance.
Their employee wellbeing support offers a 24 hour call centre, online support, a medical line and even a number of face-to-face counselling sessions for employees, included in the service. Their advice could make a huge difference in managing a redundancy process properly.