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Redundancy


Redundancy is unfortunately a part of life in today's economic climate and presents challenges to every employer, many of these challenges have never been encountered before, having prospered in the days of the Celtic Tiger. Cost cutting, restructuring or downsizing, redundancies sometimes seem to be the only option. The legal framework surrounding redundancy can be complex and a minefield for employers who are trying to keep their heads above water in the current environment. Athrú Solutions understanding of the legal provisions as well as practical steps can help minimise employers exposure to legal claims by dissatisfied employees.
Announcement of redundancy will invariably have an unpleasant effect on employee morale and productivity. The need to keep production and services at a high level in these challenging times can be an obstacle but with a well structured human resource plan for the redundancy and it processes, there can be no reason why the remaining staff cannot be restructured, motivated and developed to keep company's in the competitive market. Athrú Solutions can help you along the unfortunate journey of redundancy by minimising any negative effects.
Alternatives to Redundancy
Sometimes the need to cut costs can often cloud your judgement to other options. Athrú Solutions can show you alternative ways to reduce headcount and reduce costs. Before the issue of redundancy is approached, businesses should make all attempts necessary to protect the productivity and their most valuable assets. Career breaks, flexible working arrangements and reduced pay are just three options that you can avail of. Our consultants at Athrú Solutions can work with you on suggesting the right alternative for you and your company.
When Redundancy is the only Real Option in Your Company
When redundancy is the only option to take for your company's survival, Athrú Solutions will be there to advise you on the correct course of action.
Our consultants are knowledgeable on the best known methods and legal aspects of the Redundancy processes that can not only keep a company within the Laws of fair processes and consultation but also show how a well managed redundancy process with back up criteria for exiting employees and remaining employees can only benefit a business on the road to recovery by having a highly motivated and productive workforce.

The Redundancy Programme
Not only is it vital to treat individuals being made redundant fairly and accordance with all the relevant Acts:

  • The Redundancy Payments Acts 1967-2007
  • The Protection of Employees Acts 1977-2007
  • The Unfair Dismissals Acts 1977-2007
  • The Employees (Provision of Information and Consultation) Act 2006
  • The Protection of Employment (Exceptional Collective Redundancies and Related Matters) Act 2007

It is also important to remember that the ongoing business effectiveness will essentially be dependent on the morale of the survivor.
If a redundancy programme is required, it needs to be managed carefully, Athrú Solutions will ensure all legal requirements and fair selection processes are followed including:

  • Consultation
  • Fair Selection process
  • How many?
  • Notice periods
  • Collective Redundancies
  • Calculation of re-payments
  • Alternative work requirements

Redundancy is not an easy time for anyone, management and staff alike. We acknowledge this and can approach the sensitive issue of redundancy with all concerned.