My employer has not been specific as to the timing of any redundancies but has started the consultation process indicating that I am at risk of redundancy at the end of the consultation period. It is only my role that is being considered. The point I am seeking advice about is whether an employer is entitled to dismiss an employee today on the basis that there may be a reduction of work in the distant future. To me this appears rather premature. I have worked at the company for 4.5 years.
Hi no they are not entitled to do that. At the point of dismissal the need for the person to carry out the role must have ceased or diminished. If it has not the reason for the dismissal is not redundancy as it does not meet the legal definition.
I would suggest you ask them on what basis they believe the need for a person to carry out the role may have ceased or diminished at the end of the consultation period.
They should be discussing this with you in the consultation period. They should be able to explain clearly to you why the role is no longer required and what will happen to the work that you do.
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