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Spotlight on redundancy and unfair dismissal: are you acting legally?

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HC Online | 19 Nov 2012, 12:00 AM Agree 0
A staggeringly high number of redundancies and dismissals continue to be poorly executed by HR professionals, and the result can be a costly, litigious nightmare.
  • Ed Watts | 19 Nov 2012, 03:52 PM Agree 0
    I don't see the link in this article between the first inflammatory paragraph quote "A staggeringly high number of redundancies and dismissals continue to be poorly executed by HR professionals, and the result can be a costly, litigious nightmare" and the remainder of the article.

    From my experience any qualified professional HR should know how to manage a redundancy and pay out a retenchment/dismissal benefit correctly. It would sadden me if they didn't know some of the basics that were mentioned in the article.

    In regard to payout errors, is the author confusing HR with a payroll function that may not be managed within HR?
  • Michael Cosgrove | 20 Nov 2012, 10:14 AM Agree 0
    taking the dollar figures out of the equation there is a staggering number of dismissals that cost companies money purely from the point of a complete lack of process and procedural fairness. HR should be advising Managers of their obligations and assisting them through a proper structured process, not simply agreeing with them and then trying to pick up the pieces after it gets out of control. In terms of payroll it is historically a HR function but is now becoming more independent, even outsourced, but that still does not detract from the point that payroll compliance should be on HR's to do list.
  • Linda Norman | 21 Nov 2012, 11:26 AM Agree 0
    As a senior HR consultant I am also insulted by the headline. Large orgs usually have very experienced and competent HR professionals at the helm and underpayment decisions are rare. However, I would agree that these outcomes are not uncommon in SME organisations that usually operate without HR expertise or with junior 'HR' staff .
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