Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. is that a root you wont to pursue
it would be better for us if we could make her redundant. We feel she doesn't really want to work here but is coming back to work for the money only!
OK thank you, please leave it with me. I am in a tribunal today so will prepare my advice during the day and get back to you this afternoon. There is no need to wait and you will receive an email when I have responded. Thank you
Hello Ben, Are you there?
HI yes but I have to go out soon
Oh ok, can I close this down and leave you to email me XXXXX@XXXXXX.XXX
yes no problem I will get back sometime after 4 pm thank you
Many thanks for your patience. This is not a redundancy situation so she cannot expect to be made redundant. A redundancy exists if you are either closing a business down or no longer require as many employees to do a specific job. If the job and the need for employees to do it is still there and has not reduced, then there would be no redundancy so you cannot make her redundant.
Before you consider dismissing an employee, especially when they have long service and are protected against unfair dismissal, you must ensure that you have a fair reason for doing so and also follow a fair procedure. Whilst the employee may have declared herself fit to return to work, if that is clearly not the case you can ask for further medical evidence to support her claim and to show that she is able to come back and work for you. Additionally, you could consider sending her to an independent occupational health specialist to assess her condition and the likelihood of her returning any time soon.
If she has a long term condition that affects her daily duties she may also be classified as disabled under disability laws and you have further duties, such as making reasonable adjustments. What amounts to ‘reasonable adjustments’ can have a wide interpretation and often depends on the individual circumstances of the employer, their business, the potential impact on other employees, the available resources, etc. Whilst legislation does not currently provide specific examples of what adjustments can be made, the following are examples that have been considered reasonable in case law over time:
If you have made reasonable adjustments and they have not helped, or you simply cannot make any and she cannot do her job, then you can consider dismissing her on grounds of capability, although you need to follow a fair procedure and it may take some time.
The final possibility is to mutually agree an exit, where you pay her off to leave and she leaves voluntarily and agrees not to claim against you in the future. This is done by signing a settlement agreement but it needs to be agreed on by a solicitor so it may cost you a few hundred pounds to get one ready but once that is agreed you know that it is a clean break and there is nothing she can do to sue you in the future in relation to your employment.
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