Redundancy Toolkit launched
Law Centre (NI) has published a Redundancy Toolkit which will ensure voluntary sector advisers are equipped to provide effective and appropriate help to people facing redundancy in Northern Ireland.
Produced by specialist employment lawyers, the toolkit makes the complex law around redundancy accessible to local advisers who are faced with increasing numbers of clients in employment difficulties.
The toolkit, launched today by Social Development Minister Alex Atwood and Law Centre (NI) Assistant Director (Casework & Training) Maura McCallion, is designed for advisers to bring to workplaces where they may be called on to advise on redundancy situations and is divided into two sections. The first part provides a concise summary of the main areas of the law. The second part contains practical tools. These include key checklists designed to help advisers and employee representatives identify and gather key information, assess the fairness of redundancy procedures and seek legal redress where necessary.
Speaking at the launch, Maura McCallion commented, 'As difficult times continue, it is important that the advice sector is able to give people accurate and clear independent advice about their employment situation. We hope advisers will bring this toolkit into workplaces with them and use the checklists to ensure that employees understand their legal position’'
Alex Attwood said: 'Helping people who are facing redundancy is absolutely crucial. It can be a very stressful time, especially if they do not know what to do next. This toolkit, for advisers in the voluntary advice sector, explains the complex area of redundancy, lay-off and employer insolvency so they will be better equipped to assist people at risk of losing their jobs. I am pleased that my Department has supported the Law Centre (NI) to develop this vital resource, especially during this current economic climate.''
If you need a paper copy of the toolkit in a ring binder, please ring 028 9024 4401.