Being made redundant and making someone redundant can be difficult, particularly when you don’t know what your rights are when it comes to redundancy law. Searching on the internet is one common way that both employers and employees find information about redundancy but often the wording is such that unless they have a degree in law they probably won’t understand the full meaning. Finding an employment law company who has legal advisors specialising in redundancy law is a great start to getting your questions answered and finding out your legal rights.
If you are an employer you will know that a company restructure, downsize or reorganisation are all part of business life and more often than not result in you having to make staff redundant. You will also know that restructuring needs to be used with care so as to avoid any unintended consequences that could ultimately damage your business. Some employers think that they can make their staff redundant simply because of their lack of performance or they just don’t get on with them: This is not the case: If they are caught doing this then it can be very expensive. There are important steps to be taken when considering a restructure and talking with a specialist in the field of redundancy law will help you with these steps.
If you are an employee you may feel that being made redundant is a personal decision by your employer, as you’ve heard rumours that they are creating a new position which appears very similar to yours. Under New Zealand law you are entitled to be consulted prior to any decision being made and to be given all relevant information. Along with this you are also entitled to representation.
It’s important to remember that redundancy can come about for many reasons including the addition of new technologies, business outsourcing, market downturn or change of business ownership, but regardless of the reason redundancy laws still apply.
So to find a specialist, conduct a search for keywords such as ‘restructuring and redundancy law’ in one of the Search Engines and look for a company that provides such services in your area of New Zealand. Also, take a look at their site to see if they provide information on what they need from you to assist you with your case. Make sure that they clearly state what they can assist you with, so that you are sure you are going to receive the help and information you require.
Finding a redundancy law specialist will not only provide you with the help you need but it will help to avoid any unnecessary arguments and mitigate the stress.
Associates Ltd is one of Canterburys leading employment law advocacy firms. Since 1992 we have been providing advice and representation to employees and employers on employment agreements, employment problems (such as personal grievances, disputes, harassment, redundancy law, unfair dismissals & workplace bullying) and the laws governing them.
We focus on employers who have small to medium size businesses and employees working in the public and private sectors. We recognize that employers are faced with the demands of running their business and surviving in a competitive market and often have very little time and energy to deal with employment relationship problems. We also recognise that when employment relationships are dislocated, employees find it difficult to find solutions without sound tactical advice.