Guide

Redundancy: the options

Avoiding redundancies

You should take reasonable steps to avoid compulsory redundancies by considering alternatives, such as:

  • seeking applicants for voluntary redundancy
  • seeking applications from existing staff to work flexibly
  • laying off self-employed contractors, freelancers, etc
  • not using casual labour
  • recruitment restrictions
  • reducing or banning overtime
  • filling vacancies elsewhere in the business with existing employees
  • short-time working or temporary lay-offs
  • agreed variation to working hours, on a temporary or permanent basis

Improving business performance

Before considering redundancies you should look at your business and see whether there are other things that you can do to improve its performance.