The case of Marie Quinn v Fibreseal Stainguard Services Limited Fibreseal ADJ-00028286 is a reminder to employers that a redundancy must follow proper and fair procedure at all times.
In this case the company wrote to the complainant with a clear indication that the Complainant’s employment was terminated. There was no process of consultation and no indication that any alternative to termination was explored.
Employers should always ensure that even when a genuine redundancy exists, that it must explore all options to save an employee’s role and that redundancy must be considered as a last resort. An employer should always try and ensure that the employee is given an opportunity to try and save their role also and that the employer engages meaningfully with any suggestions made.