December 22nd, 2021.

The seismic impact of the Covid-19 pandemic raised the unfortunate prospect of redundancy for many UK firms in affected sectors, despite unprecedented government support. However, those businesses which go on to survive following such hardship may well be in a position of needing to start re-employing staff.

What then is the process of taking on staff who have recently been made redundant? And where are the pitfalls?

Genuine redundancy

Employers looking to re-hire staff who have recently lost their jobs need to be aware of the risk of having unfair dismissal levelled at them. Any employees who have been made redundant may claim to have been wrongly dismissed if the same company is then taking on new staff only a short time later.

It is therefore imperative that your original redundancy programme was based on genuine and provable business needs:

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