Warning over redundancies in recession

by Rachel Crook

Those running companies have been warned they may end up breaching employment law if they fail to follow the right redundancy procedures when letting staff go during the recession.

Carlisle-based employment lawyer Joanne Stronach advised businesses in Cumbria that using the economic downturn as an excuse to dismiss underperforming or sick staff could lead to unfair dismissal claims.

Giving the example of an employer deciding to issue redundancy notices to those who had been off sick for over a month, she said: "That would amount to an unfair selection process and is potentially discriminatory under the Disability Discrimination Act," the News and Star reports.

Figures produced earlier this week by the Work Foundation showed that Birmingham suffered the largest increase in unemployment in the year to February.

Redundancies helped raise the rate of joblessness in the city from 5.3 per cent to 7.3 per cent during this period.

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Published on: April 16, 2009

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