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What constitutes grounds for redundancy?

Redundancies are a form of dismissal in employment. A key consideration is that for redundancy to be genuine, it must be demonstrated that the employee’s job will no longer exist after being removed. Redundancy can happen for a number of different reasons, the most common of which are outlined below.
Situations that can cause redundancy?

    • The need for the worker has diminished or ceased
        • A redundancy situation may arise where a business continues to operate, but there is no longer a need for the skills for which the employee was taken on
    • New systems in the workplace
        • If a new process or system is introduced which has caused your job to be unnecessary, can result in redundancy. However, it will not automatically mean that you are redundant if a new technology is introduced.
    • The job no longer exists because other workers are doing the work you carried out
        • You may believe that you should not have been made redundant because the tasks you were doing still need to be done, but have been given to other people to do.
    • The workplace has closed or is closing down
        • The most common example of where someone’s work is no longer needed is where the business or part of the business has closed down or is closing down. You will almost certainly be redundant in these circumstances.
    • The business moves
        • If the whole business is moving, redundancy will arise if your employer has ceased or intends to cease to carry on the business in the specific area where you were employed.
    • The business is transferred to another employer
        • When a business is transferred from one employer to another, the transfer does not end the employment relationship. Usually, the contract of employment is carried over into the new business.           

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This article is provided for general information purposes only and represents our understanding of the relevant law and practice as at the date of uploading. This article should not be relied upon as legal advice pertaining to any specific factual situation. Legal decisions should be made only after proper consultation with a legal professional of your choosing.

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