Redundancy and Lay Offs
Amendments to the Employment (Jersey) Law 2003 came into force on 1st January 2011 to provide for statutory redundancy payments and other provisions relating to redundancy. Employers are recommended to develop a redundancy procedure should it become necessary to consider such steps within their organisation.
Please see JACS Guideline No. 11 for further information.
If an employee is selected unfairly for redundancy a claim of unfair dismissal may be possible, depending upon whether the employee’s length of service allows such a claim.
Under the Employment Law 2003, a statement must be made as to what redundancy scheme exists. The termination of employment provisions provide for statutory notice in addition to any redundancy payment and the length of notice increases with increasing length of service. Some organisations in Jersey operate a redundancy policy in which significantly exceeds the statutory provisions that are or will be in place shortly.
The FAQs give an overview of good practice. Reference to the UK is made in the information given in the FAQs, on occasions, simply to explain how various issues are dealt with elsewhere or to provide examples of good practice