The client is a dual purpose organisation, consisting of a purpose-built health, fitness and spa centre set in the grounds of a private nursery, preparatory and senior school.
The client identified that substantial cost savings were necessary in order to reduce financial deficits. The proposal was to amalgamate the financial management of the two businesses, dispensing with two senior management roles. There would be a redistribution of responsibilities amongst the Directors of the business and the remaining teams.
Solutions for HR initially met the client to clarify the business situation through financial analysis and assess whether there was any alternative to this course of action.
Having identified that reorganisation and consequent redundancies was a strong consideration, we began a robust consultation process to ensure honest and open communication and the disclosure of information required by law.
The consultation process involved discussion of the number of potentially affected individuals, proposed methods of selection, ways to avoid or mitigate this course of action and any alternative roles available in the organisation.
Solutions for HR facilitated all redundancy consultation meetings and at each stage produced detailed guidance notes for the client and all the necessary letters and documentation.
The organisation decided to offer an enhanced redundancy package and we successfully negotiated the terminations using carefully drafted settlement agreements.
Following the reorganisation, a formal consultation process was undertaken with remaining employees to discuss changing job roles.
We ensured that all legal requirements in relation to consultation, notification, the right not to be unfairly dismissed, statutory redundancy pay and dismissal were addressed comprehensively.
Our role not only ensured that legislative requirements were adhered to, reducing the risk of litigation to the client, but that employees were treated sensitively and with respect at all times.