The Confederation of British Industry, the Trades Union Congress and the Advisory, Conciliation and Arbitration Service have released a joint statement on the handling of redundancies.

This is essential reading for all those involved with redundancies (whether as managers, business owners, employees or employee representatives). 

As an employment lawyer I have been closely involved in redundancy exercises (acting for both employees and employers) for much of the latter half of this year. Whilst striving to follow the law, it is all too easy to forget the impact these have on those selected, and not, for redundancy. Equally, it is easy for employees facing redundancy to forget how difficult the decisions faced by businesses can be. 

Hence the joint statement by the CBI, the TUC and ACAS came as a breath of fresh air and is essential reading for all those making relevant decisions about redundancies.

It guides those charged with redundancy exercises to follow five simple steps, the last one of which is to conduct redundancies with dignity. Which reminds me of something a former boss taught me when I was starting off my career: there is nothing incompatible with doing the right thing by the business which is letting employees go, whilst at the same time doing the right thing by the individuals affected.