It can be daunting to be told you are at risk of redundancy. In such circumstances, it is helpful to understand what your rights are, as well as, your employer’s obligations towards you.Redundancy can be a lawful reason to terminate someone’s employment. However, just because an employee is told she is being made redundant, does not mean that a dismissal resulting will be automatically lawful.
For some employers, trying to work through a fair disciplinary procedure can be likened to navigating a minefield. However, the importance of following a fair procedure should not be underestimated by employers as to not do so may lead to an employee having a legitimate claim for unfair dismissal. This situation may even arise when the employer’s initial concerns about an employee are justified.
Towards the end of last year, the Government Equalities Office announced a fund of £600,000 to help vulnerable women return to work, by providing assistance to those who have experienced issues such as domestic abuse and mental health problems.
The government also recognises that women with caring responsibilities are significantly disadvantaged. Usually, women are disproportionately borne to caring responsibilities, whether for children, elderly or disabled relatives. As a result of this, around 1.8 million women in the U.K. are economically inactive – more than eight times the number of men in the same position.