Redundancy: Are You More “At Risk” Than Others?
In their report “An Unequal Crisis”, the Citizens Advice Bureau published research identifying that employees who are disabled, have caring responsibilities or who are shielding are more likely to be made redundant. Read on for more information.
Employees Most Likely To Be Made Redundant
The report confirmed what our clients had been telling us about their selection for redundancy. In July 2020, 1 in 6 (17%) of the working population were facing redundancy. However, the Citizens Advice Bureau findings demonstrated that risks of redundancy were being faced unequally across the working population. They noted:
- 1 in 4 disabled people (27%) were facing redundancy, rising to 37% for those people whose disability has a substantial impact on their activities
- 1 in 2 people who were extremely clinically vulnerable to coronavirus (48%) were facing redundancy
- 2 in 5 people with caring responsibilities (39%), either for children or vulnerable adults, were facing redundancy
- 3 in 10 people with children under 18 (31%) were facing redundancy, compared to less than 1 in 10 (7%) of those who don’t have children under 18.
If you have been invited to a Redundancy Consultation Meeting, please view our information at https://lincslaw.co.uk/blog/are-you-being-made-redundant-five-questions-to-ask/ for help with how to prepare for your meeting.
Have You Been Made Redundant?
If you have been made redundant and you think your disability, medical condition or caring responsibilities were a factor in your selection, you may have a claim at the Employment Tribunal. However, you will need to take action quickly. You must start ACAS Early Conciliation within three months less one day of your last day of employment. For example, if your last day of employment was 30 March 2021, you would need to start ACAS Early Conciliation on or before 29 June 2021.
ACAS Early Conciliation is a compulsory process which you will have to complete before you can submit an Employment Tribunal claim. More information about ACAS Early Conciliation can be found at our website at https://lincslaw.co.uk/blog/acas-early-conciliation-do-you-need-an-employment-solicitor/
The date by which you must submit your claim will depend upon how long the conciliation process takes.
Lincs Law Employment Solicitors Can Help
If you have been made redundant and believe you have been targeted or unfairly selected, call us on 01522 440512 for a free consultation about your situation with one of our specialist employment law solicitors. Alternatively, for more information about redundancy and claims of unfair dismissal at the Employment Tribunal, please visit our website at https://lincslaw.co.uk/services/employees/resignation-dismissal-and-redundancy/redundancy/
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