Redundancy & dismissal >> Guidance

Redundancy & dismissal

Manage changes in your organisation confidently and smoothly.
This section will give you an introduction to the fair reasons for dismissal and how you should manage renewal of contract and redundancy situations.

There are support, tools and forms to help you apply this in practice. 

Handling redundancy

Acas has a number of free online learning packages which cover topics including handling redundancy.


Handling small-scale redundancies - A step-by-step guide

Acas has guidance for small employers on managing redundancies. This includes simple step-by-step advice, scenarios and answers common questions.


Settlement agreements - code of practice and guidance

Acas has produced guidance and a code practice to accompany the introduction of settlement agreements from 29 July 2013 for ending an individual's employment.


How to manage collective redundancies

This guidance from Acas looks at the law around collective redundancies and how consultations for redundancies should be undertaken.


Managing redundancy for pregnant employees or those on maternity leave

This guidance has been compiled by the Equality and Human Rights Commission in partnership with Acas to help employers understand their responsibilities to pregnant staff and employees on maternity when a redundancy situation or restructure arises. 

Statutory Redundancy Pay - calculation table

This handy table produced by the Department of Business Innovation and Skills helps individuals to calculate their redundancy entitlement. (Document opens as a PDF).


The CIPD's factsheet on redundancy provides a comprehensive overview of the redundancy process. This ranges from planning, consulting and selecting employees for redundancy - to offering alternative employment and looking after those who survive the cuts.


Handling redundancy e-learning

Acas has a free e-learning module on handling redundancy at work. This covers where to begin with redundancies, what alternatives are available, your legal duties regarding consultation and your obligations to staff facing redundancy.


Facing redundancy

This information booklet by TUC answers some common questions about redundancy for employees.


What equality law means for you: dismissal, redundancy, retirement and after a worker has left

This comprehensive guidance by the Equality and Human Rights Commission explains the implications of the Equality Act 2010 in redundancy and dismissal.


Directgov provides information on the fair reasons for dismissal and outlines unfair means of dismissal including constructive dismissal and instant dismissal. It also looks at notice periods and notice pay.


CIPD has a factsheet which outlines the fair and unfair reasons for dismissal and how fairness is judged.


Temporary lay off

Directgov outlines what temporary lay off is and how it works. It also discusses the circumstances in which staff may be entitled to redundancy pay and guarantee pay.

Ending and renewing your fixed term contract

Directgov explains the redundancy and fair dismissal rights that may be associated with ending a fixed term contract.


Directgov has a section on redundancy which looks at employees' rights when being made redundant. It looks at consultation and notice periods as well as redundancy pay and how to calculate it.

Your rights if your employer is insolvent

This information by Directgov outlines your rights if your employer goes into liquidation or is unable to pay you.


Business Link takes you through the key elements of dismissing an employee and the grounds upon which this may be fairly done.

Calculate the statutory redundancy pay due to your employee

Business Link has an interactive calculator to help you determine the amount due to a staff member being made redundant.

Making an employee redundant

This information by Business Link defines key terms such as redundancy, lay offs and short time working. It looks at how you can minimise redundancies and the procedure you must follow when making staff redundant. It also considers the rights of those involved in the process.

Handling redundancy

This guide by Acas is for anyone making (or thinking of making) redundancies at their organisation.


Redundancy toolkit

This toolkit by the Pay & Employment Rights Service takes you through the key considerations of planning and implementing redundancies at work.

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