My workplace plans to make redundancies. I’m not sure what will happen
next. Will it be voluntary at first and can I refuse their offer if I’m
asked? If they get rid of me, do I have the right to take them to a tribunal?
Lucy, by email
Employment law covering redundancy is comprehensive, and good employers will
follow procedure to the letter to avoid any legal comeback. I can’t comment on
exactly what will happen in your case, but often employers will offer
voluntary redundancy to try and avoid making compulsory redundancies. You
are not obliged to accept, but if no one does, compulsory redundancies will
probably follow. I am sure your employer doesn’t want to lose staff, but in
these tough times there is often no alternative.
I have been with my current employer for five years and am on maternity
leave at the moment. I’d like to apply for new jobs while on leave. Do you
think this is unprofessional?
Joan, by email
This is tricky. Your employer is currently holding your job open for you as
they are legally bound to. They might also be paying you part or all of your
salary while you are away, so you may see that they would probably be less
than happy if at the end of your time off you announce you’re leaving. If
possible, it is always best to leave an employer on good terms. It is your
call, but I think people often forget to look at both sides.
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