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Can I make an employee redundant for poor performance?Posted on by Daxa Patel
Genuine redundancy is potentially a fair reason for dismissal. However, there has to be a genuine redundancy situation and you are required to follow a fair process in carrying out the dismissal. In order to have a fair process you must consider the following key steps:-
- Look at the area of the business that is affected.
- Identify which groups of employees are affected and consider whether other individuals from other areas also need to be in the redundancy selection pool – example just because only one area of the business is affected you may be required to put other individuals carrying out similar roles in the selection pool.
- If there is a pool of individuals then consider the selection criteria that you are going to use – you will need to give those that are affected the opportunity to comment on the criteria.
- Initially, announce the situation to everyone at the same time – this avoids the message being miscommunicated.
- Hold individual consultation meetings – remember that consultation must be ‘meaningful’ and therefore you must consider all suggestions that are put forward.
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