Redundancy is a form of dismissal from your job, caused by your employer needing to reduce the workforce.
Normally your job must have disappeared for you to be made redundant; but it can still be a genuine redundancy if someone else's job disappears and they are moved into your job, making you redundant.
Redundancy selection should be fair. You should be warned and consulted, your employer should take reasonable steps to redeploy employees affected and should consider any alternatives to redundancy. You should get any redundancy pay you are due, and be given the correct amount of notice.
If 20 or more employees in one establishment are being made redundant within a 90 day period, this is called collective redundancy. In this situation, your employer has a duty to consult with the representatives of employees that could be affected.
If your employer uses redundancy to cover up the real reason for ending your employment, or fails to carry out the redundancy procedure properly, it may amount to Unfair Dismissal.
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