Bitesize HR: Cost saving measures and redundancies

As the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme comes to an end on 31 October 2020 some businesses will need to consider cost saving mechanisms to ensure the survival of their businesses.

This session will consider what cost saving methods are available to businesses in the current climate including reducing hours of work and reducing pay. Ultimately, if there is no alternative, then consideration will also be given to making redundancies. The session will focus on the legal implications associated with these methods including how to change an employee’s contract of employment, what to do if an employee does not agree to the changes, how to implement a fair redundancy process and the implications of getting it wrong.

Our speakers are Nicola Cockerill, Associate Solicitor at Buckles Solicitors LLP, and Rebecca Ryan, Solicitor at Leeds Day, who both specialise exclusively in employment law.

About our speakers:

Nicola Cockerill Chairs the Leadership Sector. Nicola has specialised exclusively in employment law since qualifying as a solicitor in July 2008. She advises clients on a range of issues including contracts, policies/procedures, disciplinary, grievances, dismissals and discrimination (with a particular interest in disability).

Nicola’s experience is varied. She has spent time working in a niche private practice firm locally, in-house for a number of years dealing with tribunal claims, and a short period of time in a busy human resource team for a large national white-goods manufacturer. She feels these experiences have given her a valuable understanding of the real issues faced on a daily basis by employers and employees enabling her to engage in an empathetic manner with clients.

Rebecca Ryan is an employment solicitor at Leeds Day with a wealth of experience gained both in private practice and as an in-house employment lawyer for a large plc. In addition, she spent a couple of years in HR at the front-line of delivering HR solutions. Her practice area covers the full spectrum of employment law and she advises both employer and employee clients.  She prides herself on providing practical, commercial advice whilst not detracting from the often-sensitive nature of the issues involved.


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