This Voluntary Redundancy Application Form should be used in conjunction with The Letter Inviting Applications For Voluntary Redundancy.
This form should be used to make an application for voluntary redundancy. There is no legal requirement for employers to offer voluntary redundancy but it is good practice to do so.
The accompanying Letter Inviting Applications For Voluntary Redundancy 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.
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.
In deciding which applications 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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