Question

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Q: How do I go about laying staff off for the Christmas period? We have a section in their contract that they may be laid off if there is a downturn in the business. We would need to lay people off for 8 days.

 

A: There is no standard form of protective notice. However, such notice should include the following criteria: 

• Be addressed to each employee likely to be affected (remember to contact all employees effected e.g. those on sick leave etc 
• Carry the date of issue and the time and date of expiry 
• Explain briefly the circumstances that necessitate it 
• Assure those concerned that they and their union representative (where applicable) will be kept informed or relevant developments and that a return to normal operations (by way of formal withdrawal of protective notice) will be made as soon as circumstances permit