Managing collective redundancies compliantly

We hope you enjoyed our live Q&A, Managing collective redundancies compliantly, on 3 September. If you missed it or would like to watch it again, you can find the recording further down the page.

As part of our continued commitment to supporting organisations through the various employment and health and safety implications of coronavirus, Ellis Whittam is continuing to produce free resources designed to help businesses conduct a fair redundancy process, so that you can make necessary business decisions whilst working within the confines of the law. Scroll down for step-by-step guidance on collective consultation, plus an employee support pack, created by our Employment Law and HR specialists.

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Did you know? Ellis Whittam can support you and your business with complex redundancy exercises, from offering practical advice and guidance throughout each stage of the process to providing more hands-on assistance on a consultancy basis. 

Find out more about our Consultancy Service here, or simply call our team today on 0345 226 8393 or request a callback using the Request a callback form opposite.

Watch on demand

In this recent live Q&A, our Employment Law Director, James Tamm, explored the key considerations for employers when making large-scale redundancies. The session covered the critical steps involved, including the importance of developing a solid business case, when the need to collectively consult applies, and how to identify those at risk. Catch up on demand now.

James also took questions from business leaders during the session; click the button below the video to download a full list of his responses. 

All information correct at time of recording –  03/09/2020.

Free expert guidance

Collective Consultation Guide

The financial impact of coronavirus continues to force many employers to consider redundancy as a necessary means of ensuring longer-term business sustainability. Whilst COVID-19 may be directly responsible for these difficult decisions, it doesn’t negate the requirement to provide a fair redundancy process to employees. If you are making 20 or more employees redundant, you have a legal duty to collectively consult.

To help you, we have produced a step-by-step collective consultation guidance note which outlines key considerations, including:

  • Identifying affected employees;
  • Consulting with appropriate representatives;
  • Who needs to be notified;
  • Ensuring collective consultation is meaningful; and
  • The five-step process you will need to follow.


Further supporting documents, including the newly updated HR1 form and template letters and agreements, and are available from our Back to Business Hub.

Redundancy Resource Pack for Employees

Redundancy can be a distressing and emotionally draining time for those affected. Created by our HR specialists, this support pack aims to provide direction and reassurance to redundant employees, offering advice and guidance on:

  • Handling the impact and staying positive;
  • Their rights in redundancy situations;
  • Managing their finances; and
  • Getting organised and reviewing their career.


This is supported by practical resources, including a Financial Planning Guide, Career Planning Chart and CV Template to help employees take positive steps to recover from redundancy.

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Whether you’re returning to work, or have been open throughout this period, these additional resources will enable you to approach your plans confidently, compliantly and with minimal disruption.


Further reading on Redundancy

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