What a year it has been already with COVID-19 upending our lives, and the lockdown meaning incredible challenges for workplaces.
No one could have anticipated at the dawn of 2020 that everything that had been forecast for 2020 in employment law – fair pay agreements, reform of the Holidays Act etc – would disappear from the agenda.
Instead, workplaces have been faced with a wage subsidy scheme that changed numerous times without notice, revenue disappearing overnight, and the need to put in place stringent health and safety measures to re‑open safely.
It is fair to say that while some workplaces are back to (relative) normality, many are still struggling under the weight of depressed revenue. Many are contemplating – or have gone through – significant redundancies.
It is a timely reminder that while we have been through extraordinary times, normal employment obligations in any redundancy process remain. It will always be of critical importance for an employer to consult with its employees about any proposal to make redundancies. These processes can be difficult to manage and we at SBM Legal are here to guide you through.