News & Insights: Employment

Redundancy and Employers

26 August 2020

In the wake of the Coronavirus, job losses are occurring across the globe, and the Northern Ireland workforce is no exception. The developments of the pandemic are such that many employers will be left with no choice but to make redundancies over the coming months.


Redundancy is unique from ordinary dismissal of employees; when a redundancy occurs, the employee is being dismissed on the basis that the employer no longer needs anyone to carry out the employee’s job. In order for a redundancy to be genuine, the employer must be able to demonstrate that the job no longer exists.


All employers should endeavour to avoid redundancies as much as possible, but where it is inevitable, employers must be aware of the need to conduct a consultation period with their employees before making redundancies. It is also important that employers are aware of employee rights in relation to statutory redundancy pay, periods of notice and finding alternative employment.


The Employment Law department at O’Reilly Stewart Solicitors can provide comprehensive advices on redundancies for a wide variety of employers and business, whereby we assist our clients in navigating fair redundancy procedures during the difficult period of the Coronavirus pandemic.


Contact our offices for further information at 028 90 321 000 or email us at

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