Redundancy: The importance of consultation
The case of Pinewood Repro Ltd T/A County Print v Page confirms the importance of effective redundancy consultation.
Pinewood was found to have failed to conduct an adequate or effective consultation with Mr Page as they did not provide him with an adequate explanation of why he had received lower scores than the two other people in the redundancy pool. Furthermore, Pinewood did not allow Mr Wood the opportunity to comment meaningfully on his score. The EAT commented that this will be key, particularly if the criteria and the scores awarded are subjective.
The employer argued that there was a chance that had there been a fair consultation, Mr Wood would still have been dismissed and that his compensation should have been reduced accordingly. The EAT considered that it was insufficient to present such an argument without cogent evidence.
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