High-street closures spotlight employers’ redundancy obligations
Aug24

High-street closures spotlight employers’ redundancy obligations

Retail and restaurant closures continue to sweep across UK high streets, with Homebase, House of Fraser, Toys R Us, Homebase, Prezzo and Byron Burgers among the latest well-known brands to suffer. With more and more businesses facing closures, what five mistakes do employers commonly make when handling redundancies?     Starting collective redundancy consultation too late   All too often, employers start collective...

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Home working boosted as Amazon plans to hire 5,000 home based workers in US
Apr18

Home working boosted as Amazon plans to hire 5,000 home based workers in US

Online retailer Amazon has announced massive expansion plans for 2017, including the creation of 25,000 new part-time jobs at it’s fulfilment centres and 5,000 new work from home positions. The work-from-home positions are limited to inhabitants of certain US states and will attract pay of $10 per hour. Many US employers, particularly in the tech industry are increasingly offering flexible and home working, which is a perceived...

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Little known redundancy blunder trips ex Sports Direct boss
Feb23

Little known redundancy blunder trips ex Sports Direct boss

Guest blog by Ranjit Dhindsa, head of Fieldfisher’s employment law team In what appears to be a fatal case of taking one’s eye off the ball, the former CEO of retail giant Sports Direct is facing impending prosecution for an offence involving notification of redundancies. Later this year, Dave Forsey, who severed his relationship with owner Mike Ashley in 2016, will be charged with failing to notify the Department of...

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Employers warned ‘unreasonable’ redundancy consultation procedures could be grounds for unfair dismissal
Jan31

Employers warned ‘unreasonable’ redundancy consultation procedures could be grounds for unfair dismissal

Guest blog by Louise Lawrence, senior associate, Winckworth Sherwood Although the prospect of unemployment can seem inevitable after the words ‘at risk’ are mentioned, the law provides protection to ensure employees with at least two years’ service are not dismissed unfairly. An employer must show that redundancy was the real reason for the dismissal and, in reaching that conclusion, it followed a procedure which was reasonable. A...

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Why do UK adults keep redundancy a secret?
Jan10

Why do UK adults keep redundancy a secret?

Anyone who saw the 1997 film The Full Monty will remember how, following redundancy, Gerald left his house each morning, fully dressed for work with briefcase in hand and pretended to his wife for six months that he still had a job, until it all came crashing down when bailiffs visited to repossess their belongings. While it may have been fiction, a new survey of over 1,400 adults in the UK undertaken by Scotcareers, the official job...

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