New Acas guidance on handling small scale redundancies published

Acas recently published “Handling small scale redundancies: a step by step guide”. This guidance is aimed at small firms and larger organisations proposing to make fewer than 20 employees redundant.
The steps set out in the guide include:

16th December 2013

Acas recently published “Handling small scale redundancies: a step by step guide”. This guidance is aimed at small firms and larger organisations proposing to make fewer than 20 employees redundant.
The steps set out in the guide include:

  • Considering alternatives to redundancy 
  • Drafting a framework 
  • Briefing managers
  • Talking to staff
  • Choosing redundant staff carefully
  • Giving redundancy notice and pay 
  • Remembering notice period rights 
  • Allowing staff to appeal against their selection for redundancy 
  • Focussing on the future of the business

Acas has also published a guide on “How to manage collective redundancies” which is relevant to situations where 20 or more employees may lose their jobs within a 90 day period. The guide clarifies the law in relation to collective redundancies for employers, employee representatives and employees and includes a ten point checklist for handling collective redundancies.