Redundancy and Redeployment Toolkit
Make sure you're being disability-smart when considering redundancy and redeployment.
Over the last few months, Covid-19 has turned our world on its head. Businesses across all sectors have had to adapt, overnight, how they operate. Many will have to make tough decisions in order to survive – including and most critically about their workforce.
We know that disabled people have been disproportionately affected in previous recessions. There are some policy drivers for this: a lack of inclusive and accessible education and skills development options to enable disabled people to be eligible for jobs beyond ‘entry level’ – and it is the ‘entry level’ jobs which are often the jobs most affected by restructures and redundancies. Similarly, we have seen too many well-meaning employers create roles specifically for disabled people which aren’t “business critical” only to then be in position of having to delete these roles during financially challenging periods.
But there is no reason why disabled employees should be more impacted by any financial downturn following Covid-19 than their non-disabled peers – and indeed it is incumbent upon all of us to make sure they aren’t. So, we’ve created this toolkit to support businesses to make individual, person-centred and Disability-Smart decisions about their workforce. Whilst its main focus is redundancy, we also see consistently a lack of awareness of redeployment as a reasonable adjustment under the Equality Act and so the toolkit also contains guidance on what to consider around suitable alternative employment as an option in your organisation.
I do hope you find this toolkit useful and remember that we are here to help you in the rough times as well as the smooth – so please do get in touch direct via your Business Partner or our advice service if you need further support.
Diane Lightfoot, CEO, Business Disability Forum
For more information about how Business Disability Forum can support you through the process of redundancy and redeployment, view the redundancy consultancy package on our consultation page.
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