Making staff redundant is a difficult and unpleasant part of a line manager's responsibilities. Even where there is a large HR department, the onus is on the line manager to break the news to the staff and to manage the situation.

This guide explains the following:

  • the legal obligations on organisations

  • what the line manager needs to do if a redundancy situation arises

  • how to break the news to affected staff

  • how to manage the 'survivors' after the redundancies have taken place

  • what help the HR department should be able to provide.

The legal obligations

The legal obligations in redundancy are to:

  • ensure that there is a genuine redundancy situation

  • consult employees who are affected

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