This article has been prepared by Colin Biggers & Paisley Lawyers.
A clear business case is an essential in planning for upcoming redundancies. Redundancies are complicated, situation-specific, and no two are exactly the same; accordingly, a structured business case helps make sense of the confusion. When planning for a redundancy, it is useful to put together a proposal detailing:
A detailed business case is not only a useful planning tool in ensuring compliance when enacting a redundancy, but is also a defence to any possible unfair dismissal claim. FWC claims have short statutory timeframes; accordingly, having a business case already planned not only eliminates the need to justify past decisions under present time pressure, it also enables us to approach implementing redundancies in an organised manner that ensures compliance with relevant instruments.
Business cases have always been an important step in a redundancy situation, but have become essential in the current environment. If an employee has been made redundant for operational reasons while still on JobKeeper, they could become disgruntled and make an unfair dismissal claim purely for the sake of it. These situations are infinitely easier to manage when equipped with a business case that details the reasoning and explanation behind a genuine redundancy.
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