This Letter Inviting Applications for Voluntary Redundancies should be used by employers when they have advised their employees that it will be necessary to implement redundancies.
The letter asks employees to consider if they wish to apply for voluntary redundancy and warns that it is up to the employer to decide if they wish to accept an application for voluntary redundancy. See the separate Voluntary Redundancy Application Form also available in this subfolder.
This template letter warns that, if compulsory redundancies become necessary i.e. if there are insufficient applications for voluntary redundancy, then the next step will be the start of the redundancy consultation process.
Redundancy is a potentially fair reason for dismissal but, in order for it to be fair, the employer must also comply with the requirement to act reasonably. In a redundancy context, this
means that the employer should warn and consult affected employees, adopt a fair selection procedure and offer suitable alternative employment to those selected for redundancy whenever possible.
There is no legal requirement for employers to offer voluntary redundancy but it is good practice to do so.
In deciding which applications for voluntary redundancy should be accepted, employers should be careful that their decisions are neutral in respect of such matters as sex, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, marriage and civil partnership, gender reassignment, race, disability, religion or belief and age.
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