Project Funding running out March 2016? - top 5 redundancy planning questions from Sector Matters and NICVA HR

27 Oct 2015 Alex Hastings    Last updated: 28 Oct 2015

As we approach the end of October, suddenly 2016 seems just around the corner. If like many organisations you have funding coming to an end on 31st March 2016, now is the time to start thinking about how you will manage potential redundancies.

Please consider the following 5 questions:

  1. Have you started to plan your redundancy process to ensure you are safeguarding both your employees and organisation? If not, now is the time to start.  See http://www.nicva.org/resource/redundancy-guidance
     
  2. Are you aware of and have you budgeted for the redundancy pay each employee will be entitled to? If not go to the online calculator to work this outhttps://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/calculate-statutory-redundancy-pay-due-your-employee
     
  3. What is the notice period you owe each employee?- check your contracts of employment and the statutory minimum- please note if an employee has over 4 years’ service- 4 weeks is not sufficient notice even if this is stated in your contract.  See https://www.nibusinessinfo.co.uk/content/contractual-and-statutory-notice-periods
     
  4. Have you factored in that notice periods for employees start the day you issue redundancy notices? Not from the date you may inform staff they are under ‘protective notice’- please note protective notice is often referred to in the community and voluntary sector but does not exist in employment legislation, please  follow the guidance set out in the above NICVA redundancy resource to ensure your process is compliant with the law.
     
  5. Do you have employment costs cover as part of your organisational insurance policy? if so you may have access to free legal advice.  If you are making employees redundant you should inform your insurer as failure to keep them informed may negate your insurance should an employment related claim arise.

If you need support with planning redundancies NICVA and Sector Matters can help, please don’t delay:

To receive free telephone advice, call Alex McGimpsey, HR Manager, on 9087 7777 or email [email protected]

For hands on support to manage the process from beginning to end or help with specific issues, call Louise Foster, HR Consultant Sector Matters, on 9087 5015 or email [email protected]

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by Alex Hastings

Human Resources Manager

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