17 February 2016
In broad terms, for the recipient at least, there is something very final about redundancy. While it in no way should reflect on the stage of life or stage of career of the individual, it can feel like it could be the end of the working life. For the company carrying out redundancies because of reducing economic viability, it can seem like a mark of failure. Dismissal, on the other hand, should place the burden of responsibility far more on the shoulders of the employee concerned, the blame may indeed lie firmly with them. In practice, however, are the lines between redundancy and dismissal increasingly blurred asks Gudrun Limbrick.