Legislation surrounding employment is one of the most misunderstood areas of the law. Commonly held beliefs among the general public about what sort of rights employers and employees have in the workplace often do not align with the actual law. For this reason it is highly advisable that anyone involved in a workplace dispute seek the advice of a qualified lawyer.

Knowing how you are entitled to be treated is especially important in matters concerning redundancy law. In an increasingly competitive job market, with many firms looking to downsize and tighten their resources, redundancy has become a fairly common occurrence in the workplace. Thankfully, if you find yourself in this situation you do not have to face it alone. There are a number of reasonably priced advocacy firms out there who will offer advice and even act on your behalf in sorting through any concerns you may have over a redundancy.

The chief issue many employees who have been made redundant have is that they can’t help but feel that the decision was in some way personal. Being told you are no longer required at your place of business, for whatever reason, can often come across as a commentary on your character. What many people don’t know is that they are entitled to be consulted throughout the restructuring process and kept informed of any developments. If you have been caught unaware by being made redundant, then your employer has, for all intents and purposes, broken one of the rules of redundancy law.

It is your right to have input into any restructuring that involves your position. In addition to this, you are also free to take on legal representation who will act on your behalf. That way they can help find the best possible outcome for you before it even gets to the outright redundancy stage. If it is your intention to challenge any decision to make you redundant, a lawyer can provide you with all the relevant information required to accomplish this. If you so please, they can even negotiate directly with your employer, taking the personal element out of discussions.

Of course, redundancy isn’t an area of law that is exclusive to employees. Employers also need advice on how to go about making somebody redundant, while following all required protocol. This will minimise the risk of any substantive accusations of unfair termination, or drawn out litigation being brought against the company.

Aside from offering helpful advice and applying the law to any redundancy matters, lawyers and advocates serve another valuable function in the process. They are there to ensure that the party they represent has a source of support, and can rest easy that no matter what the situation, their best interests are being put forward.