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While off sick from work my manager called me to advise me

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While off sick from work my manager called me to advise me of my redundancy & did not have face to face meeting, now is that legal???

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Customer: replied 1 year ago.
16 years & 11 month - Joined the bank 1st of November 1999! Currently on sick leave due a fractured wrist.

Hi there, sorry I was offline by the time you had replied. When someone is facing redundancy they have the right to be taken through a formal and fair redundancy procedure. In general this would involve placing them at risk first, consulting with them, trying to find them suitable alternative employment and only if redundancy is inevitable – proceed with it. Whilst a face to face meeting is not legally required, a process of consultation is. So the employer should have consulted with you in some way – be it via emails, phone or letters – to discuss the reasons for redundancy and what options you have. If they have proceeded straight to issuing you with redundancy notice without any prior consultation then the redundancy is likely to be procedurally unfair which means this could amount to unfair dismissal. You can appeal the redundancy directly with the employer and if that is rejected, then your only option is to go to the employment tribunal to claim unfair dismissal.

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