EL/04 Redundancy and Restructuring

Redundancy and Restructuring

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A one-day training course for employers and HR professionals.

Selecting staff for redundancy is never easy. This course will take you through the process and help you manage the risk. Conducted in-house, the course allows you to discuss the particular challenges you face in a confidential and supportive setting. Different organisations will face different challenges, so the course content will always be tailored to fit your particular situation –  whether you are in the public, private or third sector and whether you are contemplating a large scale redundancy or a straightforward change in terms and conditions. The focus is on how you can make the changes you need to make whilst acting fairly and within the law.

Welcome and introductions

  • Setting objectives for the day

 Flexibility in the contract of employment

  • What is contractual and what is not
  • Express flexibility terms – how and when they can be used
  • How implied terms affect the changes you can make

 Collective agreements and the contract

  • Incorporation of collective agreements into individual contracts
  • What terms are ‘apt’ for incorporation?
  • The effect on non-union members

 Changing terms and conditions

  • Individual vs collective agreement
  • The risks of breaching a contract
  • Implied agreement
  • Dismissal and re-engagement – benefits and risks


  • Defining redundancy
  • Redundancy payments – statutory and contractual
  • Voluntary redundancy
  • Redundancy and unfair dismissal

 Redundancy Selection

  • Bumping and the ‘pool for selection’
  • Redundancy selection criteria
  • Methods of assessment

 Alternative work

  • The duty to consider alternative work
  • What counts as ‘suitable alternative work’
  • Statutory and common law trial periods
  • Contractual issues in transferring to alternative work


  • Defining consultation
  • Individual vs collective consultation

 Statutory consultation requirements

  • Appropriate representatives
  • Thresholds and timescales
  • Provision of information
  • Contents of the consultation
  • Remedies for failure to consult
Remember: All of our courses are individually designed to meet our client’s needs. This programme is just an illustration of what the course can cover.