Acas, CBI and TUC have made an unusual joint statement to help businesses and workers deal with the impact of possible redundancies as a result of Covid-19.
They call on all employers considering redundancies to work with trade unions and employees and get the process right by following these five principles:
Do it openly: there are rules for collective redundancies (those involving 20 or more staff), but whatever the scale, the sooner people understand the situation, the better for everyone.
Do it thoroughly: to understand what’s happening people need information and guidance. Have you trained your staff representatives in how it all works?
Do it genuinely: consultation means hearing people’s views before you make a decision; so be open to alternatives from individuals and/or unions; and always feed back.
Do it fairly: all aspects of your redundancy procedure should be conducted fairly and without any form of discrimination.
Do it with dignity: losing your job has a human as a well as a business cost. The way you let people go says a lot about your organisation’s values. Think about how you will handle the conversation – whether its face-to-face or remote. And remember, you may want to rehire the same person in the future.