Change is inevitable – whether it is a change born from your creative efforts and innovation or it is a change imposed on your industry by adverse market forces or competitors. To sustain the ever changing business landscape, you will need to adapt and focus all your resources – this includes staff.
Unhelpfully, changing the terms and conditions of employment such as hours of work, duties or a change in place of work is not easy under employment law. If this is done incorrectly, it can lead to disgruntled employees, employment tribunal claims and losing staff. However, change is not an insurmountable problem, and if done well can remotivate and reenergise your staff and your business.
The starting point is that you should have robust employment contracts that offer you the flexibility to make minor changes. However, where changes are more substantive like shift patterns, location or type of work, most contracts will not offer sufficient elasticity to avoid claims. Consultation is therefore the key – and good consultation at that!
Our solicitors have a wealth of experience in change management. We have supported clients with a range of issues from large scale national redundancies to the selection of one or two roles. However, if you would like to restructure the operation to avoid losing your people, we can help with this too. Business reorganisation is a powerful tool in order to minimise the risk of losing staff and avoiding claims. To compliment this, we have partnered with clients through mergers and TUPE transfers. Bringing two staff teams together with different cultures has its own challenges and our experienced, skilled solicitors can help you every step of the way – from outline advice to providing you with every document and script you need to get the job done well.
Our redundancy solicitors will help you with:
- Strategic planning on workforce organisational structures
- Effective redistribution or redundancy of staff to achieve your desires result
- Preparing the required letters and scripts in order to follow a fair redundancy process
- Implementing lay off and short-time working clauses
- Preparing, testing and applying redundancy selection criteria
- Supporting all aspects of a collective redundancy processes
- Providing all the documentation needed to comply with collective consultation regulations, for example how and when you need to elect employee representatives
- Managing the process end to end including any appeals
Why choose Trethowans?
Our team is recognised in the Legal 500 2023 and Chambers and Partners 2023and also ranked in for Employment Law in the South.
For expert advice on business reorganisations and redundancy law, don’t hesitate to contact our team of experienced redundancy solicitors on 0800 2800 421.