ACAS has published new guidance, available here, aimed to assist employers who are proposing to make redundant fewer than 20 employees. The guidance is a step-by-step guide on how to manage a redundancy procedure, including suggestions for alternatives to redundancies and planning a framework in advance of starting the process. It also provides useful guidance on selection criteria and carrying out appropriate consultation with affected employees, with case study scenarios and frequently asked questions.
ACAS Chair, Ed Sweeney, commented “In 2012/13, we handled around 930,000 calls to our helpline and one in five callers asked about redundancy related issues. Our new guide builds on our knowledge as workplace experts to help business owners understand the regulations around small-scale redundancies with top tips on how to handle or prevent them.”