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Vedder Thinking | News Daniel Stander Discusses Alternatives to Mass Redundancies in the UK in HR Magazine

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Daniel Stander, a Solicitor in Vedder Price’s London office, was recently quoted in a an HR Magazine article on the potential introduction by the UK government of a traffic tiered system for local lockdowns, placing more pressure on businesses to balance the books. This particular impact on businesses due to the Coronavirus pandemic has led to mass redundancies as stores are closed and flights are grounded.

Mr. Stander commented on the news that Cineworld will be closing 127 cinemas, mentioning that businesses should try to consider other options to redundancy. “Some alternatives to mass redundancies at this stage which Cineworld could consider include exercising any contractual lay-off provisions, mandating the taking of annual leave or seeking volunteers for unpaid leave. There is no silver bullet to avoiding further job losses, however where employers can take action to reasonably avoid mass job cuts and give themselves the best chance of recovering when the sector picks up again, they should do so.”

He continued, “The government’s Job Support Scheme is unlikely to be of help in this case given Cineworld is proposing to close its doors, as one of the requirements in order to be eligible is that the employee works at least one third of their contracted hours.”

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