A Staff Member is on Maternity and Redundancies are Being Proposed- How do I Handle it?

Posted in : How do I handle it NI on 17 January 2023
Patricia Rooney
Issues covered: Redundancies; Maternity Leave; Discrimination; Downsizing; Cost of Living Crisis

“As a result of the cost-of-living crisis our business is suffering financially, we are therefore intending to downsize and reduce operations. We are proposing to make a number of redundancies, this potentially includes an employee who is off on maternity leave, how should we handle this?”

Redundancy is a fair reason for dismissal and is often used to describe circumstances where an employer proposes to reduce the number of its employees for a variety of reasons which might include; economic pressure, business restructure, relocation or changes in products or services provided. While the law does not prevent an employer making redundancies, there are prerequisites to ensure redundancies

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This article is correct at 17/01/2023

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Patricia Rooney

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