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Making the selection process fair
Selecting potential candidates for redundancy from within a workforce is probably the most difficult part of the process. The employer needs to start by determining the pool for selection. This is the group of employees all doing the same or similar work where changes need to be made.

The employer then has to choose objective selection criteria. These criteria could include skills, knowledge, qualifications and experience necessary for the future needs of the business. Other criteria might cover attendance, disciplinary and performance records.

However, ‘last in, first out’ (LIFO) is not recommended for selection as this can be construed as potentially discriminatory on the grounds of age. Similarly, the selection of part-timers in preference to full-timers could be discriminatory if high proportions of women are affected. Care is needed to ensure that no-one is unfairly disadvantaged.

The need to ensure that the criteria are objective and fair can be tricky. To demonstrate fairness, you can use a points scoring system and ensure that more than one manager is involved in the marking.
Posted on 19 Nov 2016

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