Workforce reduction is the catch-all term used to describe a business reducing the number of people working for it, usually as a means of cost reduction.
There are a number of legal options available to employers. One permanent method is to make staff redundant. Other options might be to not lose headcount, but instead temporarily reduce the hours of staff who aren’t currently being fully utilised.
Employee furloughing is another options where a business only wishes to temporarily reduce it's headcount. Employee furloughing is where an employer, who cannot cover staff costs, asks employees to stop working, but does not make them redundant. Where an employer furloughs an employee, they will need to communicate this change to the employee.
Rocket Lawyer has a panel of On Call solicitors available to provide you with specific advice on your situation.
The options available to you will depend on your specific business and on the terms of any contracts that you have.
As part of this service our lawyer will review your standard employment contract and schedule a 45 minute call with you to discuss the different options available to you.
If after the call you require assistance to implement your workforce reduction strategy of choice, your lawyer will be able to provide you with a quote for this additional assistance.